This wasn’t just a usual day at the Build-A-Bear Workshop in Mall of American, though, and these weren’t just some random group of kids.
These children traveled to Mall of America as a part of HopeKids and were in store for quite the treat — on top of actually building the stuffed animal.
As Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Glenn Robinson III, Nikola Pekovic, Robbie Hummel, and Troy Daniels walked in to the Build-A-Bear Workshop, the children started to realize what was actually happening. They raucously cheered and smiles occupied the faces of every child in the crowd.
Little girls in fourth grade aren’t usually the Minnesota Timberwolves’ biggest fan base. But on Saturday night at Target Center, the team had three very important young girls in attendance.
Annie, Katie and Emi Shervheim, along with their parents, were invited to the game against the San Antonio Spurs to be honored at half-court as some of the team’s “toughest fans.” All three sisters were born with Down Syndrome, a genetic disorder caused when a person is born with an extra chromosome 21.
On Saturday, Jan. 10 against the San Antonio Spurs, the FastBreak Foundation will be auctioning off the pink shoe-laced shoes that the team wore on Nov. 26 against the Milwaukee Bucks in honor of Thad Young's mother, Lula Hall.
Hall passed away earlier in November and Young has played with a heavy heart this season as his mother was such an important part of his life on and off the basketball court.
Ten-year-old Ashley came onto the Target Center court on Monday night in a rather untraditional way—by rolling onto it.
Ashley has dealt with congenital muscular dystrophy her entire life, and a wheelchair is all she has known for mobility. Despite battling this disease and all of its effects—general muscle weakness being the major symptom—Ashley remains active and in great spirits. That is why, on Monday night, Ashley was honored at half court as a part of WolvesCare Month.
WolvesCare Month is a time for the Timberwolves Fastbreak Foundation to honor children in the Twin Cities community that are dealing with life-threatening or long-term illnesses. These children are thought of as Minnesota’s “toughest fans,” and that phrase has never been truer than in Ashley’s case.