- The Orlando Miracle joined the Women’s National Basketball Association as an expansion franchise for the league’s third season in the summer of 1999. At the time, all WNBA clubs were located in NBA markets and operated by NBA ownership groups. The DeVos family, owners of the NBA Orlando Magic, managed the Miracle, which shared similar colors, logos, and mystical name ...
- After the 2002 WNBA season, the NBA sold off all of the WNBA franchises to the operators of the teams. Magic owner Rich DeVos was not interested in keeping the Miracle, and no local ownership group emerged. In January 2003, the Connecticut-based Mohegan Native American Tribe bought the team. The new owners moved the team to Uncasville, Connecticut, and changed the nickname to the Sun ...
History of the Miracle
The Orlando Miracle is one of the most successful teams in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Founded in 1999, they have had a long and illustrious history of winning multiple championships. From their first season, when they finished with an impressive record of 21-13, to their most recent championship victory in 2019, the Miracle has been a force to be reckoned with on the court.
Since joining the WNBA two decades ago, Orlando has become one of its top franchises. They’ve won three Eastern Conference Championships and four division titles throughout their tenure and made six playoff appearances. In addition to these accolades are numerous individual awards for players such as Sue Bird, who was named MVP twice during her time at Orlando, or Taj McWilliams-Franklin, who was awarded Defensive Player Of The Year honors back in the 2004/2005 season.
The future looks bright for this team. It continues to attract some of basketball’s biggest stars like Candace Parker and Sylvia Fowles while developing young talent through its draft picks, such as A'ja Wilson from South Carolina University last year, 2018/2019 season. With all these assets combined, fans can expect more success coming out soon from The Pride Of Florida - The Orlando Miracle!
Orlando – Connecticut
1999 – Present / Women’s National Basketball Association
2003 – Present / Connecticut Sun
1999 – 2002 / Orlando Miracle
Miracle – If you’re a sports fan in Orlando, chances are you know all about the city's WNBA team: the Miracle. But do you know where their name came from?
The Miracle was founded in 1999, and it got its nickname from an essay contest held by the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. The winning entry was submitted by Heather Taggart of Winter Park, Florida, who wrote “Miracle” because she felt that it embodied what women can accomplish when given a chance to compete on equal footing with men.
The name also pays homage to one of Central Florida’s most beloved attractions - Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom theme park outside downtown Orlando. The park opened its gates for business on October 1st, 1971, and has since become an iconic symbol for locals and visitors alike!
In addition to this connection, “miracle” also serves as a reminder that anything is possible if we set our minds towards achieving it – something that resonates deeply with athletes everywhere, particularly those playing professional basketball at such high levels! This spirit has been evident throughout the history of this franchise; since joining forces with Shaquille O'Neal (who purchased a majority ownership stake) back in 2004, they have gone on three consecutive playoff appearances, including two conference finals berths, before finally capturing their first-ever championship title last season!
WNBA Championships 0
2003 – Present / Mohegan Sun Arena
1999 – 2002 / TD Waterhouse Centre
2003 – Present / Mohegan Sun
1999 – 2002 / RDV Sports, Inc.
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