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YWCA Minneapolis Celebrated as Minnesota Lynx Nonprofit of the Game

By YWCA Minneapolis
July 5, 2018
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YWCA Minneapolis was honored as Minnesota Lynx’s Nonprofit of the Game on the June 29 home game, where the Minnesota Lynx played (and won!) against the Atlanta Dream. Nonprofit of the Game is a Minnesota Lynx initiative that honors and recognizes nonprofits making a positive impact in our community.

Impacting Girls and Youth in the Community

On game day, a public service announcement was shown at half-time about YWCA Minneapolis’ impact on girls and youth in the community, featuring Lynx player Seimone Augustus and a YWCA Minneapolis youth participant. YWCA leadership was also welcomed to center court to receive a team-autographed basketball.

Self-Esteem Workshop for Youth

As a special event before the game, the Minnesota Lynx hosted a self-esteem workshop for YWCA Minneapolis youth, hosted by the team’s Women in Sports Leadership Council. The participants were coached in basketball drills by the Timberwolves & Lynx Academy, followed by discussions led by Lynx staff about self-esteem, self-care and overcoming obstacles in life.

Creating Meaningful Partnerships through Nonprofit of the Game

YWCA Minneapolis was nominated for this distinction by Lisa Huey, a Minnesota Lynx President’s Circle member and YWCA Minneapolis board member. “I am a longtime supporter of both YWCA Minneapolis and the Minnesota Lynx,” said Lisa Huey. “It feels great to celebrate these two organizations together through the Nonprofit of the Game initiative.” The President’s Circle core initiatives are to support gender equality, celebrate diversity and continue to move the Minnesota Lynx, the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and women’s professional athletics forward.

“By featuring nonprofits at Lynx games throughout the season, we are creating meaningful partnerships and promoting organizations that make a positive impact in our community,” said Carley Knox, Minnesota Lynx vice president of Business Operations.

Thank you, Minnesota Lynx for partnering with us for Nonprofit of the Game!