The Minnesota Lynx Inspiring Women Program presented by Land O’Lakes celebrates women throughout the state of Minnesota who inspire, motivate and encourage others around them through personal and professional leadership. Throughout the season, the Lynx will honor five women who exemplify these qualities.
For more information about the WNBA’s Inspiring Women platform, please visit their website here.
2016 INSPIRING WOMEN WINNERS
May Honoree | Sue Moores
The Lynx honor the founder of Roots for the Home Team, Sue Moores. This non-profit helps multi-cultural youth believe in their futures through a salad enterprise they run at sports venues. Youth create salad recipes based on the foods they grow in the garden program. The kids are then employed by Roots to sell the salads at Target Field on Minnesota Twins’ weekend home games and through other outlets.
June Honoree | Fartun Osman
During Tuesday’s game against the Phoenix Mercury, the Lynx honor Inspiring Woman Fartun Osman.
Originally from Somalia, Osman was both a national basketball player and a runner. After moving to the United States in the ‘90s, Osman volunteered with multiple organizations: the Minnesota Thunder, Somali youth development, recreation centers and the Somali American Peace Council.
July Honoree | Carissa Vincent
During Friday’s game against the New York Liberty, the Lynx honor Inspiring Woman Carissa Vincent.
To the community by being an advocate for other young women diagnosed with breast cancer, Carissa dedicates her time to multiple volunteer roles at organizations including the state leader for the Young Survival Coalition, The Firefly Sisterhood, and Little Pink Houses of Hope. Carissa is also actively involved with Gilda’s Club Twin Cities and is a member of the Allina Health Breast Cancer Patient Advisory Council.
August Honoree | Sondra Samuels
The Minnesota Lynx and Land O’Lakes honor Sondra Samuels, President and CEO of the Northside Achievement Zone as part of the Inspiring Women platform on September 30th. In collaboration with partner non-profits, schools and parents, Northside Achievement Zone works to help low-income children in North Minneapolis graduate from high school and prepare for college.
Under Sondra’s leadership, Northside Achievement Zone has supported over 1,000 parents, over 2,000 students and has become a nationally recognized model for comprehensive community development and system change
September Honoree | Dr. Amy Hewett-Olatunde
On September 17th, the Minnesota Lynx and Land O’Lakes as part of the Inspiring Women Platform Honored Dr. Amy Hewett-Olatunde, an English-learner teacher of almost 20 years.
She is currently a teacher at Leap High School of the St. Paul Public School District which caters to an all immigrant and refugee population. She is also an undergraduate and graduate professor at the University of St. Thomas and Hamline University and is the current President of Minnetesol, working to educate, elevate and advocate for English-learners in Minnesota. Her dedication to her learners in and out of the classroom is inspiring to all of those around her.