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What better way to celebrate a WNBA championship than with your fans that have been there with you every step of the way?
The Minnesota Lynx got that chance on at the University of Minnesota on Thursday evening.
The Lynx held a championship parade on Thursday, celebrating their fourth WNBA championship in franchise history.
The parade contained the entire Lynx team and staff, who rode on floats on University Ave. SE between 12th Ave. SE and Williams Arena with the streets full of Lynx fans.
“You guys are too good to us. I say it all the time, what a blessing it is to be around this group. . . Every day is just a blessing. I hope you never take this group for granted,” Reeve said while addressing the fans. “We were on a mission (in 2017). . . It was quite the journey.”
The team, which displayed all four championship trophy’s in the parade, threw out candy, shirts and towels to large crowd of fans who were in attendance.
“This is amazing. I’m happy that you all are here and I’m happy you’re all enjoying yourself,” Seimone Augustus said to the crowd. “I’m glad we can make you proud each and every year.”
After the parade, the fans and team all piled into Williams Arena for a ceremony. St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman, Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges, Lindsay Whalen, Sylvia Fowles, Maya Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, Augustus and Reeve all addressed the Lynx crowd during the ceremony.
“You all are amazing. The message that we have here tonight to women everywhere and to people everywhere is, this is what leadership looks like, this is what peak athleticism looks like and this is what teamwork looks like,” Mayor Hodges said of the Lynx. “The city of Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota could not be more proud of our Minnesota Lynx.”
The 2017 season was a storybook ending for the Lynx, one that finished with winning their fourth WNBA title.
And they closed out that season by celebrating it with the fans that were there with them throughout the entire journey.
“Being able to win four with this group here has just been awesome,” Brunson said. “In this city, with these fans, I couldn’t ask for anything else.”