• By Dana Sparks

In the Loop: Destined to Be Team Physician for Team of Destiny

October 28, 2015

Minnesota Lynx basketball coach Nancy Cummings standing on a basketball court, holding a basketball

This story originally appeared October 22, 2015 In the Loop

We'd have liked to be sitting where Nancy Cummings, M.D., set up shop as she watched the Minnesota Lynx claim the WNBA championship earlier this month. Dr. Cummings, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon, also is team physician for the Minnesota Lynx, and she says her position caring for the three-time WNBA champs "is what I was destined for." After hearing Dr. Cummings' story, we can't disagree.

Dr. Cummings' love of sports, and of orthopedics, started early. "When I was 10 years old, I wanted to play Little League baseball in the worst way," she tells us. There was just one problem. At the time, Little League was a boys-only operation. And even though she had a coach ready to put her on his team, Little League headquarters sent word that her town would lose its Little League charter if she played. Frustrated, Dr. Cummings petitioned her local Parks and Recreation Department to start a girls' league.
Read the rest of Nancy Cumming's story.

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