In conjunction with the WNBA's Inspiring Women platform, the WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx are launching a similar program for the upcoming season to celebrate women in the state of Minnesota who inspire, motivate, and encourage others through personal and professional leadership. The Lynx will honor one woman per month beginning in June during the season. Each winner will be awarded a team-autographed basketball and receive recognition on lynxbasketball.com in hopes that her story will inspire others.
September Winner | Dorothy McIntyre
As part of our Inspiring Women platform, the Minnesota Lynx would like to honor Dorothy McIntyre, an educator who has spent her entire professional career working toward advancing girls' and women's athletics in the state of Minnesota. She also recently co-authored a book titled "Daughters of the Game," which chronicles the history of girls basketball in Minnesota from 1891-1942.
August Winner | Capt. Tara Robertson
As part of our Inspiring Women platform, the Minnesota Lynx would like to honor Capt. Tara Robertson, an officer in the Minnesota National Guard who has participated in 280 missions overseas while deployed in Afghanistan. Robertson is a Combat Action Badge recipient and has spent eight years in the military.
July Winner | Dr. Nicole LaVoi
As part of our Inspiring Women platform, the Minnesota Lynx would like to honor Dr. Nicole LaVoi. LaVoi, a senior lecturer in the University of Minnesota's School of Kinesiology. She is also the Associate Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the U of M, which is an interdisciplinary research center leading to the pioneering effort examining how sport and physical activity affects the lives of girls and women, their families and their communities. LaVoi is a co-founder of the Minnesota Youth Sport Research Consortium, which helps parents, coaches and administrators understand their role in creating healthy, fan-friendly environments for youth sport opportunities.
June Winner | Natalie Ginter
As part of our Inspiring Women platform, the Minnesota Lynx would like to honor Natalie Ginter. Ginter is the Community Engagement Manager for the South Region of Allina Health where she is responsible for managing the hospitals philanthropy activities, as well as partnering with area communities and residents to support their vision for health that focuses on environmental changes, policies and more that promote healthy, active living. In her spare time she serves as Vice President of United Way of Faribault and as a board member for So How Are the Children.
June Winner | Alicia Frosch
As part of our Inspiring Women platform, the Minnesota Lynx would like to honor Alicia Frosch. Alicia is passionate about issues surrounding childhood education, disability rights, and empowering women. Alicia is the Racial Justice and Public Policy Program Coordinator at the YWCA where she works tirelessly to eliminate racism and empower women. Alicia strives for change through political action and community organization especially helping women of color run for office. Alicia was presented with a Minnesota Lynx team autographed basketball by Minnesota Lynx President Chris Wright. Congratulations Alicia and thanks for all you do!
July Winner | Deborah Montgomery
As part of our Inspiring Women platform, the Minnesota Lynx would like to honor Deborah Montgomery. Deborah has paved the way for police women by being the first woman to work patrol in the St. Paul. She has played a significant role for the International Association of Women Police as well as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Deborah was a Civil Rights leader and participated with Dr. King in the march in 1963 & 1965. Deborah became the first African American female elected into the St. Paul City Council and focused on issues of economic development, housing, and opportunities for youth and seniors.
August Winner | Lutricia Vincent
As part of our Inspiring Women platform, the Minnesota Lynx would like to honor Lutricia Vincent. Lutricia is a survivor. Not only did she beat breast cancer a year ago, but she did it without needing to miss out on the things that mean a great deal to her—in particular, leading her sixth grade class at St. Paul Music Academy and attending Minnesota Lynx games as a season ticket member.
September Winner | Sona Mehring | View Sona's Website
As part of our Inspiring Women platform, the Minnesota Lynx would like to honor Sona Mehring. It began out of personal need. With a pair of friends going through a high-risk pregnancy, Sona decided to develop a website that could connect with their friends to let people know what was going on in their health journey. Out of that personal need,CaringBridge.org was born.
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