Natasha Cloud wants to run for public office after basketball originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Never tell Natasha Cloud to take politics out of her sport. There are few professional athletes – male or female – who can measure up to the amount of awareness Cloud has given to important issues in her community and specifically social justice.
And once her basketball career is over, Cloud remains relentless in her hopes. While seeking to remain a leading voice in promoting change, she has already decided on a post-basketball career.
Cloud, a Philadelphia native, wants to run for mayor in his hometown at some point. While playing on the Washington Mystics and calling DC another home, Brother City is where she wants to have an even greater impact.
None of this should really come as a shock to those who have followed Cloud in the WNBA. Much of her professional career is highlighted by her direct and thoughtful language on issues surrounding the United States and local communities, and honest actions when it comes to social issues. At times during their championship season in 2019, Cloud held a media blackout in protest of gun violence in the neighborhood around Mystics’ arena. She sat out the entire 2020 season sacrificing her WNBA salary in the process of focusing on issues of social justice.
But her return in 2021 did not mean the fight was over.
Getting involved in a political career would allow her to be even more hands-on with the topics she cares about most. And it’s not just the mayor of Philly, she’s not opposed to a term in office.
“I tweeted out that I would run for mayor of Philadelphia, but I can really see myself either running for mayor or for the governor of Pennsylvania,” Cloud told NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller. “It’s something I would love to do, I think we’re doing a terrible job. I think politics is too messy and I think they need real people in there who actually care about the community. and not themselves. Not for their own pockets, not for feeding their own things that they need or want. “
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So far, her love for basketball and having an influence there, too. She gave DC their first WNBA championship ever, but Cloud also realizes that her legacy in basketball may be more than her game on the court. After going to Saint Joseph’s study sports broadcasting and communication, there is a potential future work with major networks given her stature and popularity. But as she has always done, the point guard wants to do more.
“I just wanted more influence on the game than [broadcasting]”said Cloud.” I felt like I was really far away from actually having the effect I wanted, so coaching was next time. And I think I do not know if I end up training, but I want to be in some form, whether it’s front office, management, something that affects the game, but also my advocacy business.
Regardless of her path, we will all continue to see Natasha Cloud whenever the floor general of the Mystics hangs up sneakers – which is probably years from now. She will continue to have a vocal presence and be a leader in whatever other profession she chooses.
“I want influence in our society that will change and that will make progress for our people, people who look like me. And I want people to see that you can look like me, you can be like me “You can, like me. Stay tuned and you can do whatever you want, even with all the roadblocks set up to see us fail,” Cloud said.