The Mystics finally got the championship celebration they deserved –– even if it was a socially distant one.
The 2019 WNBA champions had their long-anticipated ring ceremony on Sunday, reuniting the team and honoring their historic championship season.
Players and coaches gathered at Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Va. where they bumped elbows while wearing Mystics masks. With the championship trophy front and center, the team came together in a safely distanced celebration as each player was presented her commemorative, personalized ring.
The players admired the 10-karat white gold rings adorned with diamonds, rubies and sapphires. But the incredible symbolism behind the ring made the day so special.
On the top of the ring, the Mystics' DC logo comprised of six sapphires and six rubies symbolizes the 12 players on the roster. The singular round sapphire on the ‘C' represents head coach Mike Thibault.
Behind the logo, the six diamonds signify the six total games the team won during the 2019 playoffs. The large diamond on the top represents the first-ever championship victory for the franchise. The eight sapphires on the top and bottom edges symbolize the team's new home in Ward 8.
On the left side, players' names and jersey numbers sit above the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Capitol Building and WNBA logo. On the right side, the team's 2019 mantra "Run It Back" is set above the city name, team logo and record.
While the Mystics have had to postpone or cancel past planned festivities like their parade due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team finally celebrated its tremendous accomplishment together.
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