The 2017 WNBA Champs Didn't Receive An Invite To The White House, So They Took A Trip To D.C. To Volunteer In The Most Inspiring Way
Gearing up for a game against the Washington Mystics, The Minnesota Lynx made their trip to D.C. a special one.
The Minnesota Lynx are true champions, and their trip to Washington, D.C. proved why.
As other championship-winning teams opt out of the traditional White House visit only to find themselves "uninvited" by the president, it seems one set of champions never even considered heading to D.C. to meet President Trump.
According to Think Progress, the Lynx have won the WNBA championship four times in the past seven years. Each of the team's wins under Barack Obama's presidency resulted in an invitation to the White House. Under Trump's administration, not so much.
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The White House hasn't said why it hadn't invited the Lynx. Given the team's history of activism, it is also unclear if the Lynx would have gone if asked.
Although the Lynx did not have the opportunity to celebrate their athletic excellence at the White House, the team decided it would still toast its win with a trip to D.C.
The 2018 WNBA season has kicked off, and the Lynx were set to travel to D.C. to face the Washington Mystics on June 7.
That's when team captains and starters Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson, Sylvia Fowles and Maya Moore approached their coach Cheryl Reeve with a fantastic idea. Travel to D.C. one day ahead of their game to celebrate their 2017 championship with a day of community service.
Reeve’s friend was able to help link the team up with Manny Ohonme, a best-selling author, motivational speaker and founder of Samaritan’s Feet, a nonprofit organization working to ensure every child has a pair of shoes.
Ohonme received his first pair of shoes in Nigeria when he was nine, and it changed his life, so he has dedicated his career trying to do the same for others.
Only two days before their service, Trump "disinvited" the Super Bowl champs, the Philadelphia Eagles, from the White House when only 10 of their players reportedly planned to visit the White House. However, Lynx players don't want you to associate their good deeds with Trump's actions.
“We wanted to keep the focus on us, not on any negativity, anything discouraging," Moore said. "We want to keep this day, what we’re doing, super positive."
“I think patriotism is subjective,” Reeve, who grew up in a military family, added. “Service is a form of patriotism. This is what patriotism looks like.”
The players headed to Payne Elementary School, a Title 1 school in southeast D.C. where 30 percent of the students are homeless, and all have low income. There, they washed the feet of children before gifting them with brand new Jordans.
“Just to be able to sit with these kids, and talk to them face to face, and be humble, and show them, it doesn’t matter how you view us, it’s how we view you,” Brunson said. “We view you as people who are going to grow up and do amazing things. We’re just here for you.”
Amazing job, ladies! This is what being a champion is all about.