In honor of Sylvia Fowles’s final home game, Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey declared Aug. 12, 2022, “Sylvia Fowles Day.”
“Fowles’ legacy as a champion and role model in the Minneapolis community, especially it’s [sic] youth, will live even longer in our city than the championship banners she helped bring to Minnesota,” Frey wrote in a statement.
Fowles and the Lynx are still vying for a playoff spot, but the team currently sits at No. 7, so while it is possible that Minnesota gets a home playoff game, it is not guaranteed.
After spending seven years in Chicago, Fowles has played each of the last eight seasons with the Lynx, making five All-Star Games. She helped lead Minnesota to the WNBA championship in both 2015 and ’17, winning WNBA Finals MVP both seasons along with the league’s MVP in ’17.
In June, Fowles announced this would be her final season in the WNBA, regardless of the team’s outcome. She will finish her career as the WNBA’s all-time leading rebounder and in field goal percentage, along with finishing top three in blocks.
Fowles has especially made her mark on Minnesota specifically.
“There’s no one in the class of Sylvia Fowles, in terms of dominating the center position as we’ve known the center position,” Lynx coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve told Sports Illustrated’s Ben Pickman.
Seattle did something similar with Sue Bird, who is also retiring at the end of the year, last weekend. Coincidentally Bird’s Storm will play Lynx in Fowles’s final home game.
After her career is over, Fowles plans on becoming a mortician. But for now, Minneapolis will celebrate this as one of the city’s most successful athletes ever.
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