May 6, 2003 —
The Lynx today set the team's single-game preseason attendance record with 7,921 for its game against the Detroit Shock at Target Center. The team's previous preseason attendance record was 6,822 vs. Charlotte at Target Center on May 20, 2000.
The Lynx also established a record by having Minnesota's largest Reading Time Out. During halftime of the game, Mankwe Ndosi, a teacher and storyteller from City View Elementary School, conducted a theatrical reading of Leo Dillon's book "Rap A Tap Tap" for the fans, including more than 4,500 Twin Cities elementary and middle school students. In addition to the reading, the Minneapolis South High School dance team performed a choreographed routine about the book.
As part of the WNBA's Read to Achieve program, a year-round reading initiative, the Lynx make monthly reading visits to local Twin Cities schools called Reading Time Outs, which are presented by Outback Steakhouse. At these events, Lynx players and coaches read to students, donate books, and emphasize the importance of reading.
"It was a pleasure being a part of such a special day, and it was an honor to share the importance of reading in front of so many students," said Ndosi. "It's beautiful for children to get the opportunity to see and support these hardworking women. In addition, it's great for the children to see women being really competitive and working together on the court."