Minnesota's high school girls are in the first generation to grow up with a local professional women's team—the Minnesota Lynx, founded in 1999. Nick Roberts has seen the Lynx effect firsthand. He directs 380 girls in the softball program of the Woodbury Athletic Association, and he has an 11-year-old daughter. "Girls see the Lynx and other role models and they think, 'I could do this, too,' " said Roberts.