Champion Minnesota Lynx meet the President

4:02 PM, Sep 18, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON - It took more than a year due to a number of circumstances, but the WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx finally get their moment at the White House Tuesday.

The team flew to the nation's capitol to meet with President Obama, a tradition with professional teams that win titles.

Mr. Obama noted the team's quck ascent from worst to first, and noted that forward Maya Moore has been to the White House a number of times, first with the NCAA Champion Conneticut Huskies, and now with the Lynx.

He also talked about shooting hoops with Moore, and having her "rain the pain" on him.

The President took special notice of Minnesota native Lindsay Whalen, high scoring forward Seimone Augustus, tough veteran center Taj McWilliams-Franklin. He held the women up as tall, strong role models and ambassadors for America's young women, noting that they don't end up on Sports Center for doing "dumb stuff" like some male athletes do.

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve thanked Obama for his support of the WNBA and told him the selflessness of her players along with leadership are key to their success.

The Lynx won the championship after sweeping the Atlanta Dream in three games last October. The team is in first place in the league's western conference this season.  

The White House visit was delayed a few weeks due to the 2012 Olympic games in London and the President's busy campaign schedule.

Three Minnesota players, Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore, played on the Gold Medal-winning U.S. women's basketball team.


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