Governor Mark Dayton announced Friday that he has officially made Aug. 19 "Lindsay Whalen Day" in the State of Minnesota.
Whalen, who plans to retire from the Minnesota Lynx and WNBA at the end of the current season, will play her final regular season game with the Lynx on Sunday. Dayton made the proclamation official by putting pen to paper.
"Lindsay Whalen is a phenomenal champion and an inspiration to sports fans here in Minnesota and across the country. Throughout her career, she has shown exceptional talent, determination, teamwork and leadership," Dayton said in a statement. "It has been a thrill to watch Lindsay and the Minnesota Lynx win four WNBA championships. I look forward to following her continued success as the University of Minnesota Women’s Basketball Coach. Congratulations, Lindsay. Minnesota is enormously proud of you!"
Whalen and the Lynx play at the Connecticut Sun – the team that drafted her – on Friday night. They return to Target Center for their last regular season game on Sunday against the Washington Mystics.
Minnesota has clinched a playoff spot, so Whalen still has a chance to win a fifth title with the Lynx, although they won't be heavily favored like they have been in recent championship seasons.