The talk of the sporting world on Tuesday was, sadly, about how Donald Trump rescinded his invitation for the Philadelphia Eagles to visit the White House as NFL champions. Naturally, questions about Trump picking up his ball and taking it home with him found their way to NBA players, including LeBron James and Stephen Curry, both of whom said their teams would not visit the White House after a championship.
Meanwhile, in the WNBA, last season’s champions didn’t even get an invite.
The Minnesota Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks in a tight series last October, extending all the way to the final Game 5. The victory gave the Lynx its third Finals win in five seasons, but Trump and the White House did not extend an invite for a visit.
So without an invitation, Lynx teammates got together and decided to do something else in the Washington D.C. area, akin to what the Golden State Warriors did last year. Minnesota decided to go to a local school and work with a nonprofit that helps to give shoes and socks to underprivileged kids.
Instead of a fourth trip to the White House — that invitation never came — the Lynx will attend a local school, where they will give away socks and shoes and spread goodwill.
“We want to serve,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “We want to give back, show that this is what champions do.”
“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.”
The Lynx wound up at a school in the D.C. area where 30 percent of the students are homeless. Thanks to help from corporate sponsorship, during their visit the Minnesota players were able to give out shoes and socks to all 340 students, according to the Star Tribune.
Good on the Lynx for doing something positive during a week in Washington in which only negative outcomes seemed possible.