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Dec 20th


WNBA Draft: Monica Wright, Kelsey Griffin

WNBA Draft: Monica Wright, Kelsey GriffinCollegiate drafts in the various sports are always pretty interesting. I suppose the concept of good kids coming up and getting theirs is always something to celebrate. For the Minnesota Lynx it was quite the celebration this year, but it was sort of like someone kept on bumping the DJ table and making the record skip a few times. However, in the end, the Lynx ended up getting much better for the upcoming year, and even the year to follow.

The Lynx traded away the first pick in the WNBA draft in order to get more subsequent picks at the second and third draft slots this year. This was a pretty difficult move to make because the first pick represented the opportunity to bring in National Champion guard Tina Charles from the University of Connecticut (UCONN). Now if you didn’t happen to notice the undefeated dominating season that UCONN had this year, which was simply a carryover from last years’ National Championship, then you may have perhaps missed the collegiate career of the future Michael Jordan of the WNBA. The women’s game is evolving mightily, and you only need to watch Charles’ jumpshot form to know that men and women are equal. I don’t care where you’re from Tina Charles has one of the most beautiful jumpshots known to man.

Minnesota Lynx partners with Minnesota Alliance With Youth to sponsor Global Youth Service Day celebration 

The Minnesota Lynx announced the organization will join forces with Minnesota Alliance With Youth - an association committed to advocating with and for youth to ensure that all young people in Minnesota have access to the fundamental resources they need to be successful - to host a Global Youth Service Day celebration on Sunday, April 25 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Mall of America's Best Buy Rotunda. The event, intended for children of all ages and their parents, will feature youth performers, on-site service projects and special appearances from Lynx players. More information about the celebration can be found on the organization’s website,

Support Northside youth going worldwide

Support Northside youth going worldwideThis story has some point blank objectives so before I start trying to make it sound greater than great, let me make sure you take the basics with you so we can get the job done:

Who: Alexander Clark, North High School Senior
What, Why, Where: Raising $3,995 to represent Minnesota and the U.S. at the America Downunder Summer Bowl in Australia and New Zealand
When: Due date is April 20th

Send donations to:

Alexander Clark
4329 Webber Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55412 #5
Or call (952) 715-0669

I’m sure not too much more explanation is needed than that, but personal experience with opportunities like this call for some more context and testimony.

Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation announces winners of 2010 Timberwolves & Lynx College Scholarships

Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation announces winners of 2010 Timberwolves & Lynx College ScholarshipsThe Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation announced that Karly Kostich (Mt. Iron, MN.), Derek Krautkremer (St. Paul), Dokyung "Dolan" Lee (Edina), Amanda Nelson (Clark, S.D.) and Kayla Yang (St. Paul) are this year’s winners of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx Scholarships. The scholarships were awarded to eligible high school seniors in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Each scholarship, worth $2,000, will go toward tuition costs at a college or university for students who will be attending classes in the fall semester of the 2010-11 school year. The winners were recognized in an on-court ceremony during the Timberwolves game against the Golden State Warriors last Wednesday, April 7.

The Clarence Sutton Memorial Golf Tournament takes kids to college

It takes a whole lot of work to get 90-100 high school and junior high students to travel from Minnesota, through a multi-state college tour of the South and Midwest. I would imagine that even the kids who participate in the Progressive Education Ministries Black College Tour recognize how difficult it must be for the adults guiding the excited young minds back and forth, on and off the bus. But when St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman makes it an annual routine to participate in the ceremonial send-off, as the kids load the buses, then you know that there must be something really good going on.

The annual Black College Tour is generally held in October, but the biggest fund raising event to make the Tour possible is right around the corner. On June 12 The Clarence Sutton Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the recently renovated Highland National Golf Course in St. Paul. For those who like golf and golf tournaments, you’d be hard pressed to find one with greater purposes than those pursued by this event. You also may want to catch the 15th hole at the Highland course, which now boasts a sand bunker in the shape of “Snoopy” – I’d imagine quite a few photos will be snapped there during the tournament.

To Stay in School, or to Get Paid

To Stay in School, or to Get Paid The best topics for sports articles, besides the kids, come from everyday discussions with the homies.  So naturally when a college basketball conversation kicked-off with an official Philly sports fan – Philadelphia is always in the conversation for “Home of the most passionate sports fans” – you know there had to be some passionate perspective that came out of that exchange.

This year March Madness has been something beyond anyone’s expectations, yet perhaps if we really think about it, we’re merely watching a common sense experiment come to fruition.   The current rule of the NBA allows young basketball players to play one year of college basketball, and then enter their name for NBA consideration. Previously there was no rule and players such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Wilt Chamberlain could come directly to the NBA.


Observing collegiate graduation rates during March Madness

Observing collegiate graduation rates during March MadnessSecretary of Education Arne Duncan is promoting a campaign to stimulate improvement at all levels of America’s education system. Last week, Duncan held a telephone press conference to address the graduation rates of basketball teams in the NCAA tournaments and suggest ways to increase college completion for teams with low graduation rates. He was joined by NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous and Dr. Richard Lapchick, Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida.
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