Video: President Obama honors Minnesota Lynx for 3rd WNBA title


It will be a moment that will Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve's son Oliver won't soon be able to live down. At the start of Monday afternoon's ceremony paying tribute to the Minnesota Lynx, Oliver got a high five from President Obama.

It was a great start to Obama's toast to the Lynx.

But it didn't take the President long to point out that trips to the White House are getting to be a habit for the Lynx.

Obama paid tribute to the team for the third time in the last five years.

"I think it's fair to say this team is a power house," said Obama when speaking of the Lynx's three championships over the last five seasons.

The President also specifically drew attention to Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus who were recently named among the top-20 WNBA players of all time.

As always there were light-hearted moments, some touching moments and even a few moments to remember a pair of Minnesota legends, who have died over the last year (Flip Saunders and Prince).

But Obama spent the most time giving credit to Lynx players for being outstanding role models for young girls everywhere.

"These women are not just All-Star basketball players, they are also leaders in the Minnesota community," said Obama. "They host an annual breast health awareness game in partnership with the Mayo Clinic, they made holiday cards for children of military members and they teamed up with the boys and girls clubs to make meals for kids who would otherwise go hungry."

Obama also credited the Lynx for their efforts to sign children with big challenges who have dreamed to play basketball to one-day contracts and allowing them to become team members.

Here is a video of Obama's remarks.

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Whalen made a few remarks on behalf of the Lynx and even cracked a few jokes with Obama himself.

There is one thing the Lynx have not accomplished over the last five seasons: back-to-back trips to the White House – something the team already has their sights set on for this season.

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