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In the middle of a pressure-packed season where the Lynx are chasing the number one spot in the Western Conference and their third WNBA Championship in four years, players and coaches admit that they can get a little caught up in the season.
That’s why, on Tuesday night, the whole team and coaching staff was on hand at the Mall of America to have a little fun and raise awareness for breast health. The Lynx hosted their sixth-annual Catwalk for a Cure event, a fashion show where Lynx players and coaches get dressed up and walk the runway in front of fans for a good cause.
“Just to take a minute to celebrate not only our community but remember the people that are benefitting from this cause that we’re just trying to bring attention to and support to,” Maya Moore said after the event. “We always want to make sure that we don’t get caught up in our own world and trying to win a Championship that we don’t take the time to use our platform to bring awareness to awesome noble causes.”
This is an event that fans look forward to every year, getting glimpses of the players’ real
personalities outside of basketball. Players get to pick the clothes they model down the runway, and then they stick around to sign autographs after the event.
The goal is to raise money for breast health awareness, an initiative that is much more than just Tuesday night’s event. The Lynx hosted Breast Health Awareness Week that stretched from July 22-29. During that period, the team had a Breast Health Awareness Game against the San Antonio Stars, and players’ pink jerseys were auctioned off after the game—this year raising a total of over $27,000.
This week also included the Catwalk event on Tuesday night. Coach Cheryl Reeve said afterward that the week as a whole is an important initiative, and that events like Catwalk couldn’t happen without the support of the fans.
“I think our fans are tremendous,” Reeve said. “This is something that doesn’t go off as big without the fans. We’re at the Mall of American at the rotunda—the biggest area in the Mall of America where a lot of performers come. And people flock to see it. We’ve got people up on all the different levels kind of watching, and it brings great attention to it.”
As far as players go, Janel McCarville won the audience over with her out-of-character dress choice and her heeled shoes. McCarville said the outfits were her teammates’ ideas, and that she was a little uncertain about them before she walked the runway.
“It's a little nerve wracking,” McCarville said. “It's not something we do on the regular. We play in front of people but that's a whole different ballgame than somebody just watching us walk down the runway. But it's great.”
Although Reeve usually has the last laugh, finishing the show in the most absurd outfits she can think up, this year it was assistant coach Jim Petersen’s turn.
Petersen came down the catwalk in his throwback Rockets warmups, eventually ripping off the jacket and pants to reveal his uniform underneath. It was a show from him that no one expected, but everyone loved.“By far stole the show,” Reeve said of Petersen. “I didn’t know if I was going to be able to come out I was laughing so hard. I was doubled over. He was awesome—he got talked into it last minute and I’m really glad he did.”
“I’m still a little out of breath from Jim Petersen,” Moore said. “I really don’t know what to say other than that is the definition of throwback.”
The event and the week overall was great, and the Lynx are looking forward to another successful Catwalk next year
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