August 11, 2022 – Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) – Minnesota Lynx Press Release
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL — As announced earlier this season, the Minnesota Lynx will pay tribute to Lynx center Sylvia Fowles and her historic career in its final home game of the regular season on Friday, Aug. 12 at Target Center. Minnesota hosts the Seattle Storm with a whistleblower scheduled for 8 p.m. CT and will air nationally on ESPN2.
The evening of celebration includes a Fan Appreciation Night presented by Star Tribune and will conclude with the post-game ceremony commemorating Fowles and his incredible WNBA career. All fans in attendance will receive a commemorative bicycle license plate. The special gift is a nod to Fowles’ love of cycling. A limited number of fans will also receive a Fowles t-shirt and poster, courtesy of Nike.
The on-court program will include remarks from Minnesota Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, Minnesota Lynx and Timberwolves owners Glen and Becky Taylor, USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley, Napheesa Collier, Lindsay Whalen, Lynx Assistant Coach Rebekkah Brunson, Lynx Head Coach and General Manager Cheryl Reeve and Fowles. A tribute video will feature highlights and milestones from the game and will also highlight Fowles’ off-court community initiatives that she championed throughout her time in Minnesota. Bally Sports North play-by-play analyst Marney Gellner will be the emcee. The post-match ceremony will also be broadcast live on ESPN2.
Throughout the season, fans and the community celebrated “Syl’s Final Ride”, a campaign highlighting his passions off the pitch. From cycling to access to food to supporting young people, Fowles has partnered with Free Bikes 4 Kidz MN, Slow Roll Twin Cities and Appetite For Change to organize bike rides and plant beets in a garden community to raise awareness of access to fresh food in North Minneapolis. . All three local organizations will receive community gifts during Friday night’s game.
“Watching Sylvia Fowles play the past eight seasons with the Minnesota Lynx has been a privilege that I will forever cherish,” said Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx owner Glen Taylor. “It’s her greatness – exemplified on the court and amplified off the court that makes her the ‘Sweet Syl’ we all know, admire and love. Syl’s 15-year career in the WNBA is one of greatest in the league and her countless fans have witnessed it. We congratulate Syl on all her accomplishments and wish her the best as she embarks on her next chapter.”
“There’s nobody like Sylvia Fowles, nobody,” Reeve said. “All the records, all the accolades, the bar she has set is unparalleled. However, at the heart of Syl’s legacy is who she is as a person. Her warmth, charm, generosity and thoughtfulness will be sorely missed. not only the Lynx franchise and its fans, but the entire WNBA family. I can’t wait to see his next adventure unfold.
Additionally, the Women’s National Basketball Players Association will honor Fowles during a pre-game presentation and USA Basketball will present Reeve, Collier and Fowles with their 2020 Olympic rings at halftime. The team won gold for the seventh consecutive Olympic Games (2020, 2016, 2012, 2008, 2004, 2000 and 1996). Fowles is a four-time Olympic gold medalist, making her one of only six athletes in American basketball history to win four gold medals.
The Miami, Florida native is in her 15th and final season and is one of the most decorated players in the league. Last season Fowles was named the 2021 Defensive Player of the Year, marking the fourth time she has won the honor (2011, 2013, 2016, 2021), the second most of all time behind Tamika Catchings and won second place All-WNBA. All-Defensive Team and First Team Honors. She was named the WNBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2017, is a two-time WNBA champion and Finals MVP (2015, 2017) and a four-time Olympic gold medalist (2008, 2012, 2016, 2020) with the United States women’s national basketball team.
Originally drafted second overall in the 2008 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky and acquired by the Lynx in 2015, Fowles currently leads the WNBA in field goal accuracy (59.9%), rebounds (3,982), defensive rebounds (2,855) and double-doubles (191). In his eighth season at Minnesota, Fowles also ranks as the franchise’s career leader in field goal accuracy (61.2%), rebounds per game (9.8), blocks per match (1.6), total blocks (343) and double doubles (99). She also ranks among the Lynx’s all-time leaders in rebounds (second, 2,150), offensive rebounds (second, 617), defensive rebounds (first, 1,532), points per game (fourth, 15.8), total points (fourth, 3465) and steals (third, 277).
Limited tickets remain for Friday’s final regular season home game at: www.lynxbasketball.com/tickets.
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