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Minnesota Lynx sign 5 kids to 2016 Dream Team

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The Minnesota Lynx have signed five new players.

Five kids – Linae, Taylor, Razziya, Grace and Kira – from various community organizations signed honorary contracts with the team at a news conference Sunday morning.

"One of the things I noticed when I first met these five individuals was their energy and enthusiasm for being here ... to be a member of the Lynx, there's a couple things that have to happen. You have to have passion for what you're doing," Cheryl Reeve said at a news conference. And these signees "ooze" it, she added.

Reeve also said a Lynx member has to have perseverance – and these children do.

"We've all been through our own struggles," Taylor said at the news conference, adding the Lynx players have too, so it's "nice to be able to relate to people outside our normal worlds."

All the kids said they played basketball and are excited to meet some of the players. Following the news conference, the kids took part in Sunday's practice with the rest of their new teammates.

The Lynx, along with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, HopeKids, Adopt MN, Special Olympics and Defending the Blue Line, organized Sunday's Dream Team event, a news release says.

Here are some tweets from the Dream Team's practice:

The Lynx, who are coming off their third championship in five seasons, are in the middle of training camp. The team's first regular-season game is against the Phoenix Mercury at the Target Center on May 14, according to the 2016 schedule.

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