President praises Lynx during White House visit

President Barack Obama holds up a jersey as he poses for a photo in the East Room of the White House during a ceremony where he honored the 2015 WNBA basketball Champion Minnesota Lynx.

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says this year’s WNBA champions set an "outstanding example" for young women everywhere.

Obama is celebrating the Minnesota Lynx’s victory in the 2015 championship during a ceremony at the White House. He’s noting the team’s struggles with a roster shake-up and multiple player injuries. Obama says the team didn’t have a perfect season, but ended up as champions anyway. He says that’s what matters.

The president is noting it’s the 20th anniversary of the WNBA and says it’s a time to celebrate all players. He’s also praising the Lynx and head coach Cheryl Reeve for their philanthropic work.

The Lynx captured their third championship in five seasons last October. The team is 13-2 this season after winning a WNBA-record 13 straight to start the season.