Lynx Host Second Annual Military Open Practice

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

For Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve and her team, Tuesday was a day they look forward to every year.

A day where they get to open their practice doors for members of the military.

“It’s a really special day for our team,” Reeve said. “This is a chance to say thanks to them for their service.”

The Minnesota Lynx hosted their second annual military open practice Tuesday morning at The Courts at Mayo Clinic Square.

The Lynx, along with Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota, showed their military appreciation by hosting 50 veterans and their families for an open practice.

The day included a program in the Timberwolves and Lynx Mayo Clinic Square Theater, a breakfast, a photo station with the Lynx trophies and a raffle drawing for prizes. They then ended the day at the Lynx practice facility where Coach Reeve held a Q&A and the team took a group photo with everyone in attendance.

“It’s great meeting the players and seeing the coaches and just seeing how the Lynx operate. It’s a first-class operation. I’m impressed and amazed,” said Mick Aguirre, State Department Commander of Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota. “I tell people who don’t have a chance to do it that, if you ever get a chance, come to one of these events here. I see how hard they practice and their winning ways, I feel sorry for the other teams sometimes.”

Reeve has a personal connection to the military that makes the day extra special for her. Her dad, Larry, served in the military.

“This is one my favorite days. It brings back a lot of memories for me as a child,” Reeve said. “It’s fun for me because it’s more personal to me. It’s been a long time, but I remember the days living in a TLQ (temporary living quarters) and remember the days of going to the base with my dad on the weekend and being in his office. . . For me, it was such a big part of my childhood. When I see the kids, that’s what it reminds me of. When I see the service members and their family, their spouses remind me a lot of what my mom went through raising three kids when my dad was in Vietnam.”

For both the Lynx and the members of the military, Tuesday was a day filled with meaning that stretched beyond the game of basketball. And it was a day they will remember for a long time.

“When I got the invitation to come back again this year, I snapped it up right away,” Aguirre said. “This is an opportunity that not everybody is able to get.”