PERHAM — The young basketball players traveled to Minneapolis on Friday to play at Target Center ahead of the Minnesota Lynx’s final home games of the regular season.
Sixth graders from Perham and Hawley and seventh graders from Perham and Wadena played on the Target Center floor before attending the WNBA’s final home game in Minnesota this summer. Around 25 girls from the Hawley, Perham and Wadena areas performed on the big stage.
“It was like the Lynx game,” said Perham parent Erin Gjerde. “The girls got to hear their names being called out just like they would for the starting lineup. They also heard their names every time they scored. It was super fun to hear, and I know they got together. well amused.
Lots of girls stayed for the Lynx game a few hours later. Despite a 96-69 loss to the Seattle Storm, players in the region attended WNBA legend Sylvia Fowls’ final home game. A few kids also met star guard Sue Bird before the whistleblower.
“They were all smiling,” Gjerde said of the whole experience. “They were super excited to be there. The game was picked up by ESPN, so they had a lot more security and stuff. We had to hurry up and take some quick shots before they left the field. But when they left, they were super excited and happy to be there. As a parent, seeing your child there was even better.
“We are already planning for next year. We want to take more girls and more teams. There was another match after us between Blaine and Edina. We hope to take younger girls and older girls next time.