Lynx Go Back To School Shopping

The Minnesota Lynx today announced that Friday’s game against the Tulsa Shock will be Back to School Night presented by Deuce Brand. As part of the night, the Lynx are encouraging fans to bring in school supplies to donate to charity. The first 250 fans to bring in $10 worth of school supplies to the game, along with a receipt, will receive a free Deuce Brand watch.

As a part of Back to School Night, five players from the Minnesota Lynx went shopping on Monday with eight underprivileged youths, five from “Girls in Action” and three selected by the team, for new back to school clothes courtesy of Maurices. Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Devereaux Peters, Erin Thorn, Candice Wiggins and Monica Wright helped the kids pick out their clothes, and assisted in trying them on and finding the best outfits.

“Education is of the upmost importance in the development of children today,” said Timberwolves and Lynx President Chris Wright. “It’s incredibly important that kids have the tools they need to succeed in life at a young age, and Back to School Night is an opportunity for our organization to make a significant difference in the lives of underprivileged youth.”

During their shopping trip to the Mall of America, the Lynx got a chance to connect with the girls, get a feel for their clothing styles and help them get ready for the upcoming school year on a personal level.

“It’s a huge deal for our girls, first of all because there are many of our girls that don’t actually have school shopping money,” said Dr. Verna Cornelia-Price, founder of “Girls in Action.” “So to be able to come to the Mall of America, with the Lynx, and have the women actually help them with shopping at Maurices was just the coolest thing.”

All school supplies collected at Friday’s game will be donated to “be@school,” a program sponsored by Hennepin County. “be@school” helps provide underprivileged youths who have shown signs of truancy with adult mentors, as well as school supplies and other necessary tools to succeed. The program is designed to improve school attendance, while helping to increase school readiness and self esteem for struggling students.

Single-game tickets for Back to School Night, and the rest of Minnesota’s home schedule, are available by calling the Lynx at 612-673-8400, visiting or in person at the Target Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets can also be purchased by calling Tickermaster at 1-877-WNBA-TIX (962-2849).

For the group of girls who took part in the shopping outing, it was a dream come true. For the Lynx, it was a great chance to connect with their young fans and have a fun day on the town.

“It’s also nice because when they come to games, they feel a lot more connected and they feel like they really know the team,” Devereaux Peters said. “That brings them out to a lot more games and helps them enjoy it a lot more.”

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