Another reason why the Minnesota Lynx are a gift to us all

[This post has been updated]

There is no sports team in Minnesota that leads like the Minnesota Lynx.

Now, they’re showing the world an alternative to the hackneyed invite to the White House.

Theirs never came following their latest championship, and it’s not much of a surprise. The team isn’t afraid to lead. That frightens power.

The team is in Washington for a game on Thursday night. So Wednesday might have been a good day for the White House to invite them over (especially since the Philadelphia Eagles refused the White House invitation).

No matter, the Lynx showed the sports world an alternative to the cliche, the Star Tribune says. They’re doing stuff. Important stuff. Leadership stuff.

“We didn’t want to make it about us,” center Sylvia Fowles said. “So we came up with the idea of, ‘Why don’t we just give back?’ We reached out to coach, and told her what we were thinking.”

It just so happened that Reeve had just talked with the Samaritan’s Feet, a nonprofit that provides shoes to children, about partnering with the organization. So, the day after the home opener, on May 21, Reeve called them up. “I said, ‘I know this is crazy, I know time is short, but do you think we can pull something off?’ And they literally ran with it.”

In just weeks, Samaritan’s Feet had identified Payne Elementary in D.C. A Title 1 school, 30 percent of its students are homeless and all fall under “low income” status.

Nike, Jordan Brand and DTLR Villa donated new socks and shoes for all 340 students.

“Once it became the idea, and that it could come to fruition, our business people jumped in and were sprinting with it, pulling it together,” Reeve said. “I’m super proud of the players. They could have had a day off. But they were like, ‘Nope, this is how we want to do this. This is how we want to celebrate our 2017 title in D.C.”

“We want to serve,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve tells the Strib’s Kent Youngblood. “We want to give back, show that this is what champions do.”

  • Al

    “The Lynx will end up doing some good; the distribution of the shoes Wednesday will also include the washing of the students’ feet.”

    The implications of that aren’t even on the same plane as an invite from the White House.

  • wjc

    Best. Minnesota. Franchise. Ever.

    • Jack

      I would like to up vote this a gazillion times.

  • Jack

    Way to make us all proud!

  • Bonnie

    Buy some tickets people. Fortunately for me, I have some friends who bought season tickets, so a couple of years ago I stumbled into the opportunity to catch a game. Then last season they were playing in my backyard in St. Paul so it was really easy to get to a game. If you haven’t been, you need to go. It’s fun, it’s exciting, there is something for everyone. It’s family friendly but still a nice outing for adults. The vibe is always upbeat but still competitive. Buy some tickets people.

  • lindblomeagles

    I’m out on the NFL this season (first time since 1977 that I won’t watch a game, thanks to that silly anthem policy of theirs). I’M ALL IN ON LYNX BASKETBALL! I will watch, buy tickets, and support the squad. Thanks Bob for covering this story!