Web Editorial Associate
For the second straight year, Minnesota Lynx fans were able to interact with coaches and players at the annual Lynx for a Cure presented by Mayo Clinic on Sunday at The Courts at Mayo Clinic Square.
Fans were able to have the opportunity to mingle with the entire Lynx team, while enjoying food from local restaurants and bid on silent auction items featuring sports memorabilia from around the Twin Cities.
“It was great. We always enjoy breast cancer awareness month and the opportunity to come in here and interact with fans that aren’t just simply fans, but fans that have been through some things. We were just able to give back to them,” Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson said. “You see (the fans) faces at games, but you don’t really know their story. To have an event like this where you have time to actually sit and talk with them, you get to know a little bit about them outside of the arena. That’s always good because I feel like they know a lot about us, but we don’t know a lot about them.”
The event also hosted breast cancer survivors who were included throughout the night’s programming. Throughout the night, people in attendance were able to experience a live program, fundraising opportunities, special entertainment highlighted by all members of the Lynx roster and coaching staff as well as a presentation on breast health awareness.
“Being able to give back to the fans is really a great opportunity,” Lynx Manager of Community Relations Kristin Edmundson said. “They support us all season long and to be able to give them this experience of one-on-one interactions with players, seeing smiles on their faces and how excited they get is a really great experience.”
All proceeds that were raised at the event Sunday evening benefited the Lynx Foundation, which supports breast cancer research and support programs throughout the state of Minnesota.
“It’s really important for us to continue to raise money for the Lynx Foundation because we are able to support organizations like Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and American Cancer Society and organizations like that who are helping lead the fight to help find a cure for breast cancer,” Edmundson said.
During the month of August, the Lynx will be recognizing Breast Health Awareness Month presented by Mayo Clinic. The Lynx will host their annual Breast Health Awareness game presented by Mayo Clinic on Friday as they take on the Indiana Fever at 7 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The first 5,000 fans entering the arena will receive a branded water bottle.
During Minnesota’s game against Indiana, the Lynx will be wearing commemorative pink uniforms, which will be auctioned off postgame to raise money for the Lynx Foundation. Winning bidders will get their jersey autographed and get a chance to meet the player and take a photo. Breast health survivors and organizations will also be recognized throughout the night.
“This is something that the Lynx look forward to doing every year. It’s for a great cause,” Lynx assistant coach James Wade said of the Lynx for a Cure event. “This is a way for (the fans) to know us off the court and it’s a way for us to get to know them and let them know how much we appreciate their support.
“We have the best fans in the world.”