The best team in the WNBA may be even more successful off the court. Read how the Minnesota Lynx are a social justice powerhouse.
The Minnesota Lynx has been the best team on the court in recent years. They have won four championships over the past six years. Their team is littered with former MVPs, Olympians, and all-star players.
While the Lynx have been phenomenal on the court, they have been in the news for their efforts in the community. Earlier this summer, the Lynx players donned t-shirts honoring Philander Castile and the Dallas police officers, days after they were shot and killed. The players wore these shirts to “honor and mourn the loss of precious American citizens and to plead change for all of us,” according to Lynx player Rebekkah Brunson.
Four years ago, the team was in the news because Lynx player Seimone Augustus spoke out against a ban on same-sex marriage. Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said, “Growing up, you don’t always see the inequities and injustices, but as you get older, finally, you say, ‘Darn it, that’s enough! I want to stop this cycle.’”
These women are using their rising popularity to make a difference in the community. The players are looked up to by fans, even though their coverage is just 3 to 4 percent compared to men’s sports. Part of the success is owed to the sport. Basketball is a sport of superstars. Each team is made up of a handful of stars, rather than a uniformed team. As a result, there are more personalities and opportunities to make a difference. For example, basketball players have spoken out about issues such as Trayvon Martin, Donald Sterling, politics, and police brutality. The Lynx players know their first responsibility is to succeed on the court, but they also understand they can use their platform to effect social change across the country.
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