When the Minnesota Lynx won the WNBA championship in June, they expected an invitation from the White House to commemorate their win. After all, they had been celebrated by the president in 2011, 2013, and 2015. Still, the team decided they wanted to schedule a visit to D.C., but this time, for a different reason.
On June 7, the Lynx arrived at Payne Elementary school to distribute new shoes and socks to the school's low-income students. Thirty percent of students at Payne are homeless, and through their partnership with Samaritan's Feet Shoes of Hope, the Lynx were able to provide much needed supplies to those in need. They also invited all the students to their game against the Washington Mystics the following day.
The WNBA has always been the leading pro league when it comes to community service and meaningful philanthropy. This occasion was no different. The Lynx took a negative, disrespectful moment and turned it into an opportunity for impact.
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