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Minnesota Lynx Point Guard Lindsay Whalen to be Inducted Into SHAPE America’s Hall of Fame

RESTON, VA, March 8, 2016 – Lindsay Whalen, U.S. Olympian, five-time WNBA All-Star and point guard for the Minnesota Lynx, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators, officials announced today. SHAPE America will bestow the honor at the organization's Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, April 8, during the 131st National Convention & Expo in Minneapolis, MN. 

That evening SHAPE America will also honor its National Physical Education Teachers of the Year for Elementary, Middle and High School and National Teachers of the Year for adapted physical education, dance and health at the banquet, which is sponsored by Human Kinetics, an employee-owned company committed to serving the physical activity field. 

SHAPE America's Hall of Fame awards are given to honor outstanding individuals who 1) make significant contributions to maintaining sport, physical education and physical activity as an integral part of the total education program; 2) further the image of sport and healthy physical activity for all; 3) accentuate the integral relationships of sport, motor development and physical activity to the total educational process; 4) encourage involvement in meaningful competitive sport or physical activity programs by influential educators and citizens in all walks of life; and 5) symbolize the educational and developmental potentials of physical education and sport. 

Past Hall of Fame inductees include golfer Annika Sorenstam, University of Tennessee Women's Basketball Coach Pat Summitt, tennis greats Billie Jean King and the late Arthur Ashe, NFL Hall of Famers Nick Buoniconti and Anthony Munoz, and Olympians Tony DiCicco, Dick Fosbury, Rulon Gardner, Nancy Hogshead,Dan Jansen, Rafer Johnson, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Carl Lewis,Shannon Miller, Edwin Moses, Dot Richardson, Wilma Rudolph and Peter Vidmar.

According to SHAPE America President Stephen Jefferies of Central Washington University, "From her standout high school career to her flourishing career in the WNBA, Lindsay Whalen is known for her incredible work ethic, tenacity and perseverance. As a result, she has won two world championships (2010 and 2014), Olympic gold and three WNBA titles with the Lynx. On September 7, 2013, she became only the second player in WNBA history to record 4,000 points, 1,500 assists and 1,000 rebounds." 

"All I really try to do is embrace every day," says Whalen. "I go back to when I made the senior national team for the first time in 2010. That was a pretty big turning point in my entire career. Since then, I've discovered the level of performance I've tried to maintain in my career.

"It's a tremendous honor to be inducted in the SHAPE America Hall of Fame," she adds. "Like SHAPE America, I believe it is so important for all children to learn the skills and joys of being physically active."  

In addition to recognizing Whalen's outstanding athletic achievements, SHAPE America will salute the Minnesota native for her community service. From working with Habitat for Humanity, visiting the Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital to conducting the Lindsay Whalen Basketball Clinics through Timberwolves & Lynx Basketball Academy (upcoming dates March 26th and April 16th), Whalen is an impressive well-rounded role model.  

Whalen volunteers through the Lynx Foundation and Lynx FastBreak Foundation - commitment to the community through programs which focus on education, youth, family development, health and wellness throughout the Twin Cities. Among her projects, she participates in: 

  • Catwalk for a Cure: All proceeds benefit the Minnesota Lynx Foundation. The Minnesota Lynx Foundation supports breast cancer research and support programs in the state of Minnesota. 
  • Tip-A-Lynx: the entire Lynx team and coaching staff wait on fans' tables and pour their drinks in order to raise money for a good cause. In addition, the players compete against each other to earn the most tips by signing autographs, taking pictures and waiting on fans. The food and beverage proceeds go to support the Lynx FastBreak Foundation.

Just recently at the 2016 NBA All-Star activities, Lindsay Whalen along with NBA Legend A.C. Green, Jeremy Lamb and Rodney Hood hosted 75 youth athletes from local Special Olympics Programs for a basketball clinic on the NBA FIT Court presented by Kumho Tire at Enercare Centre. 

For more information about SHAPE America's National Convention & Expo, visit the website and follow hashtag #SHAPEMinneapolis.

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About SHAPE America
SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let's Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs.

Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our resources provide the leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level - from preschool to university graduate programs. For more information, visit www.shapeamerica.org.