Natasha Cloud


Javien Antigua

Why Natasha is such an Inspiration  

 Natasha Cloud is one of the most outspoken athletes in sports. She also has a big role in the LGBTQ and racial rights community, but before Cloud could fight for others, she had to figure out herself. Growing up in Pennsylvania, Cloud says she was always attracted to women, but didn’t want to explore her feelings. Cloud also had questions about her racial identity. She also grew up in an all-white family and growing up in an all white family sounds pretty good to other people but it wasn’t for Natasha. Since she was the only person in the house with colored skin she felt different and as if she did not belong in her own home. That was one of the reasons that she was brought into the racial rights community and the things she has done for her people are out of this world. Last summer, she called on District officials to engage in meaningful conversation about curbing gun violence in Ward 8, where the Mystics play home games and practice at Entertainment and Sports Arena. Then when the video of George Floyd, a black man, dying after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on the back of his neck for more than eight minutes, Cloud took to the Players’ Tribune to author an essay named Your Silence Is a Knee on My Neck. 

Fun Fact: Natasha was one of the first athletes to use her platform to speak out about the recent events surrounding the Black Lives Matter Movement. She wrote a piece for The Players’ Tribune calling out EVERY athlete to use their voice and get involved as advocates for change. #BetterTogether

Cloud’s Career 

Cloud has naturalized as a citizen of Jordan and is playing in the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup Division B, which is also being hosted by Jordan. Cloud spent her summer protesting and organizing. She worked with LeBron James’ “More Than a Vote” and Malcolm Jenkins’ Players Coalition. She also amplified her voice, penning a poignant essay for The Players’ Tribune calling out athletes who remain neutral on racial issues. She also has a such a great leadership role, her vocal leadership has been a constant throughout her six WNBA seasons, but this year, she’s had to take it up another notch. The Mystics entered the season with just three players who had played for the team in both 2019 and 2020.Her teammate Elena Delle Donne and Tina Charles, has also tested Cloud’s ability to adapt and rally a team like never before. Also One of Cloud’s biggest strengths is her ability to push the pace in transition, and her speed and vision allow her to drive by opponents and create advantage situations in the half court.

Fun Fact: In a city so pretty, it’s hard to pick the best spot. On her days off, Natasha likes to enjoy the scenery of Old Town and Gravelly Point Park. Although she doesn’t have a favorite monument in DC, Natasha has a real appreciation for the history of the Lincoln Memorial.