Timberwolves Community Stories 2013-14

Take a look back at the FastBreak Foundation's community involvement during the 2013-14 season.

April 2014

Wolves Think Green At Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
On Thursday, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum teamed with the FastBreak Foundation and the Roger & Nancy McCabe Foundation to facilitate an informational visit for 50 Lucy Craft Laney Elementary School students to help learn about protecting and appreciating the environment. As part of Think Green Month, the FastBreak Foundation’s main goal and message is to each today’s youth about how our actions can impact the environment.

FastBreak Foundation Honors Leech Lake Legacy
On Wednesday night the Timberwolves and Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation partnered up to honor the Leech Lake Legacy organization. Throughout the season, The Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation have partnered with the FastBreak Foundation to positively impact the lives of Minnesotans.

FastBreak Foundation Honors ArtStart
The FastBreak Foundation continued their celebration of Think Green month by honoring the efforts of the ArtStart organization on Friday night. Throughout the month of April, the Foundation and Timberwolves organization is focusing on raising awareness for environmental causes and highlight eco-friendly efforts in the community. The goal is to recognize local individuals and organizations for their help in preserving and improving our environment.

FastBreak Foundation Honors Spark-Y
As a park of Think Green month the Timberwolves and FastBreak Foundation celebrated the efforts of the Spark-Y organization on Wednesday evening. The organization empowers youth with knowledge, job preparation and life success skills through hands-on sustainable education.

Wolves Honor Recycling Association of Minnesota
Tuesday night’s Think Green Hero in the Making was the Recycling Association of Minnesota. One of the many ways the organization promotes conservation is through its Message in a Bottle program.

FastBreak Foundation Kicks Off Think Green Month
On Wednesday night the Timberwolves and FastBreak Foundation kicked off Think Green Month, which focuses on raising awareness for environmental causes and highlighting eco-friendly efforts in the community. During the second quarter of the Wolves game against the Grizzlies, the FastBreak Foundation presented a grant to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The Arboretum connects people with nature through education, environmental information and many magnificent gardens.


March 2014

Hero in the Making: Everybody Wins Minnesota
During Monday night’s Timberwolves home game, the FastBreak Foundation was proud to honor Hero in the Making, Daniel Lunde with Everybody Wins Minnesota.

Heroes in the Making: Chad and Steve of Aktion Club
For Chad Undem, Wednesday night’s Timberwolves game brought an opportunity to be recognized for his hard work. Undem, Noya Woddrich and Tuari Woodrich of the Aktion Club were welcomed onto Target Center court to be honored in front of a huge crowd for their efforts on fighting hunger in Minnesota.

Timberwolves Staff Takes Reading Timeout
Members of the Timberwolves' staff went out into the community and read to more than 2,200 kids while passing out prizes and books as part of the Read To Achieve Month. During March, the Wolves work toward fostering a love for reading throughout Minnesota elementary schools.

Corey Brewer Visits Classroom for Reading Timeout
Corey Brewer visited a local elementary school and read to students in hopes of helping them develop a love for reading.

Hummel, Shabazz Read To Achieve
Wolves rookies Robbie Hummel and Shabazz Muhammad take a quick reading timeout and read "A Little Story About A Big Turnip" to you as part of the FastBreak Foundation's Read To Achieve Month.

Timberwolves Top AVID Students
Students from St. Paul's AVID program had a memorable Don't Blink moment on Sunday when they were honored at center court of the Timberwolves game for their success in the Starting Five Reading Program. The kids received Ricky Rubio jerseys and a standing ovation from the fans inside Target Center.

FastBreak Foundation Honors Top Readers
In just two months time, over 53,000 elementary school students across the state of Minnesota combined to read nearly 7 million pages. The top three readers couldn’t have been anymore excited to be honored during a Timberwolves home game.

Wolves Honor Way To Grow
The Minnesota Timberwolves and the FastBreak Foundation honored the Way to Grow organization during Tuesday night’s home game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Throughout the month of March, the FastBreak Foundation is focusing its efforts on education, fostering the love of reading and putting books in the hands of Minnesota children.

Wolves Honor Rock Star Supply Co.
The Rock Star Supply Co. dedicates its time each week toward helping kids of all ages get prepared for their schoolwork. Through tutoring programs, study halls and writing workshops, the Rock Star Supply Co. focuses its effort on making sure students have as much time as they need to learn outside the classroom.

The FastBreak Foundation Honors The Boys and Girls Club
The Minnesota Timberwolves and FastBreak Foundation continued their celebration of Read to Achieve month on Friday night as they honored the Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities during the Wolves home game against the Detroit Pistons.

FastBreak Foundation Kicks Off Read To Achieve Month, Honors Shepherd's Center
Throughout the month, the FastBreak Foundation focuses on education, fostering the love of reading and putting books in the hands of Minnesota children. During the second quarter of the Timberwolves home game versus the New York Knicks the Foundation presented a grant to Shepherd’s Center of the Cannon Valley.


February 2014

Column: The Taste of the Timberwolves
Mark Remme writes it’s refreshing to have events like Thursday’s Taste of the Timberwolves where fans can see the players in a more normal setting. Too often fans only get to know their favorite NBA players for three hours on game night between tipoff and the final horn. They don’t get a feel for their personalities like they would in a 1-on-1 setting, talking about anything related to or not related to basketball.

_Photos: Taste of the Timberwolves Red Carpet
At Taste of the Timberwolves, fans begin their experience by walking down the red carpet entry way before joining in the food-tasting, prize-winning and player-meeting. Here is a collection of photos from this year's Taste of the Timberwolves Red Carpet.

Photos: 2014 Taste of the Timberwolves
Go inside the doors of the 19th annual Taste of the Timberwolves and check out some of the top photos from the event in this Timberwolves.com event gallery

Taste Of the Timberwolves Brings Players, Fans Together For Great Cause
For the 19th straight year, Taste of the Timberwolves provided fans a chance to meet Wolves players and coaches in a unique setting while also allowing the FastBreak Foundation to raise money for its year-long initiatives. Timberwolves.com breaks down what makes Taste so special.

WolvesFit Month Honors Playworks
As a part of WolvesFit month, the Playworks program was recognized during the Timberwolves home game versus the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday evening. Throughout the month of February, the FastBreak Foundation and MN Resuscitation Consortium are celebrating WolvesFit month, which honors organizations and individuals with a focus on health and fitness for Minnesota youth.

Wolves Honor Patwin Lawrence As Part Of Black History Month
Prior to Saturday night’s Timberwolves game versus the Portland Trail Blazers, the organization honored Patwin Lawrence, who is the Board President of The Council on Black Minnesotans. The council works to strengthen local communities and supports black Minnesotans across the state.

Cycles for Change Kicks off WolvesFit Month
Throughout the month of February, the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation will be honoring and featuring activities and organizations which focus on health and fitness for Minnesota youth. During a break in game action during the Wolves versus Lakers game, the Timberwolves took an opportunity to honor the Cycles for Change organization, which strives to educate and empower people to use bicycles for transportation.


January 2014

Q&A: C.H. Robinson Worldwide's Angie Freeman
Throughout January, C.H. Robinson Worldwide teamed up with the FastBreak Foundation to put on WolvesCare Month, which focuses on some of the Timberwolves’ smallest and bravest fans as they battle long-term or life-threatening illnesses. Timberwolves.com caught up with Angie Freeman, the President of the C.H. Robinson Foundation, to talk about the organization’s partnership with the Timberwolves.

Wolves Honor 16-Year-Old Maria, 10-Year-Old Rui Rui As Part Of WolvesCare
This was a first for both 16-year-old Maria and 10-year-old Rui Rui. The two were side-by-side at center court on Friday night as the Target Center crowd gave them an ovation. As part of WolvesCare Month, the Timberwolves’ FastBreak Foundation, the Roger & Nancy McCabe Foundation and C.H. Robinson Worldwide honored children with life-threatening or long-term illnesses for their bravery and strength, and Friday as the Timberwolves hosted the Grizzlies these two fans got a chance to experience something new for the first time.

Wolves Honor 9-Year-Old Robby As Part Of WolvesCare
WolvesCare month, which is celebrated throughout the month of January, turns the attention to some of the Timberwolves smallest fans, but those with the biggest hearts: children suffering from terminal or long-term illnesses. On Wednesday, the Wolves honored 9-year-old Robby, who was born with a rare heart defect.

Wolves Host 19th Annual Taste Of The Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation will host its 19th annual Taste of the Timberwolves, on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6-9 p.m. at Target Center. The annual fundraising gala offers guests an opportunity to interact with the entire Wolves team, sample a variety of local cuisine and enjoy live entertainment.

9-Year-Old Dominic Honored As Part Of WolvesCare Month
Throughout the month of January, the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation celebrates WolvesCare month, which turns the attention to some of the Timberwolves smallest fans, but those with the biggest hearts: children suffering from terminal or long-term illnesses. On Saturday, the Wolves honored 9-year-old Dominic.

Feature/Video: Mall of America Takeover
The Timberwolves teamed with Hope Kids and C.H. Robinson on Tuesday to bring deserving kids suffering from long-term or chronic illnesses to Build-A-Bear and for ice cream at the Mall of America. Nikola Pekovic, J.J. Barea, Alexey Shved and A.J. Price hung out with the kids at MOA on Tuesday.

Photos: Mall of America Takeover
Check out the top photos from the Timberwolves' Mall of America Takeover on Tuesday afternoon. Pekovic, Barea, Price and Shved all helped 15 Hope Kids make stuffed animals at Build-A-Bear before getting ice cream and heading to the Sea Life Aquarium.

WolvesCare Month Honors Young Hero Kevin
Young hero Kevin couldn’t contain his excitement on or off the court Wednesday night during the Timberwolves home game versus the Sacramento Kings. Kevin was honored through WolvesCare Month as the FastBreak Foundation and C.H. Robinson are honoring some of the Wolves' smallest and toughest fans—children with life-threatening or chronic illnesses.

WolvesCare Month Honors Siblings Mitchell and Melanie
Throughout January, the FastBreak Foundation and C.H. Robinson are honoring some of the Wolves' smallest and toughest fans—children with life-threatening or chronic illnesses. On Friday against Charlotte, the Wolves honored 11-year-old Melanie and her 5-year-old brother, Mitchell.

WolvesCare Month Honors Brothers Carson and Anders
Throughout January, the FastBreak Foundation and C.H. Robinson are honoring some of the Wolves' smallest and toughest fans—children with life-threatening or chronic illnesses. On Wednesday, the Wolves honored brothers 6-year-old Anders and 11-year-old Carson at half court as Minnesota hosted Phoenix

WolvesCare Month Celebrates Keys 4/4 Kids
The Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation took a special moment to honor the Keys 4/4 Kids organization during the jam-packed Timberwolves home game against the Thunder Saturday night at Target Center.

WolvesCare Month Celebrates Memorial Blood Centers
The Memorial Blood Centers was honored during the Timberwolves home game against the New Orleans Pelicans this week. In January, C.H. Robinson and the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation celebrates WolvesCare month and turns their attention to some of the Wolves’ smallest and toughest fans – children suffering life-threatening or chronic illnesses.


December 2013

Timberwolves Hero In The Making: Antioch Ministries
Scott and Amy Whitmore are the co-founders of Antioch Ministries, an organization that was honored during Monday night’s Timberwolves home game against the Dallas Mavericks.

Wolves Honor The Jason P. Wallace Foundation
Throughout December, the FastBreak Foundation focuses it’s efforts on improving the holiday season for Minnesotans in need, as well as recognizing those in the community whose work assists others. On Friday, the Wolves recognized the Jason P. Wallace Foundation while hosting the Wizards.

Wolves Honor Life Rebuilders
The Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation continued its Season of Giving honors Wednesday night by welcoming the Life Rebuilders organization to the Target Center during the Timberwolves home game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

All Access: Love's Coat Drive Drop Off
Go behind the scenes with Kevin Love as he drops off a portion of the 6th annual Kevin Love Coat Drive donations at the Salvation Army in Minneapolis.

Love's Coat Drive Continues To Grow
Kevin Love started his coat drive six years ago as a rookie hoping it would keep local kids in need warm. But even he might not have realized how many lives he'd touch along the way. This year, the coat drive collected more than 4,500 coats through the Salvation Army and Hope For The City.

Wolves Honor St. Louis Park Emergency Program
The St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) was honored Wednesday night as the Wolves took on the 76ers. STEP social worker, Karen Clara and her son Elijah were in attendance to accept a grant from the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation and SPIRE Federal Credit Union in front of the Target Center crowd.

Photos: Holiday Shopping For Kids
Catch all the top photos from this year's Holiday Shopping For Kids event right here in this Timberwolves.com gallery.

Wolves Go Holiday Shopping For Kids
On Sunday, the Timberwolves took part in the team’s annual Holiday Shopping for Kids event—bringing 21 deserving kids awaiting adoption on a $500 Target shopping spree through the FastBreak Foundation, Roger & Nancy McCabe, SPIRE Federal Credit Union and MARN.

Column: Holiday Shopping For Kids Shows NBA At Its Best
On Sunday, the Wolves took part in their annual Holiday Shopping for Kids event, where Wolves players help deserving kids awaiting adoption take part in a $500 shopping spree. Mark Remme reflected on his 3 years covering the event and tells why it is such an important part of the team's year.

FastBreak Foundation Honors Hope for the City
The Hope for the City organization was honored Saturday night during the Timberwolves loss to the Miami Heat. The ceremony took place in front of the jam-packed Target Center crowd, as the organization was presented with a grant from the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation and SPIRE Federal Credit Union.

Wolves To Spread Holiday Cheer Through Season Of Giving
This holiday season, the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation will celebrate the Season of Giving, presented by SPIRE Federal Credit Union, that focuses on supporting organizations and hosting events that help make the holidays a happier time for those in need.


November 2013

Wolves Honor Heroes Brandon Schrader, Erik Halvorsen and Cody Lindberg
During the Wolves' Nov. 27 game against Denvere, three military heroes stepped out onto the court during a break in the action to be honored by the crowd and team members. The packed arena stood and applauded the services of Captain Brandon Schrader, Sergeant Erik Halvorsen and Specialist Cody Lindberg.

Wolves Honor Specialist Christopher Vasquez
It was an evening to remember for military member Christopher Vasquez, who was honored at center court Wednesday night during the Timberwolves matchup against the Clippers at Target Center as part of Operation: Minnesota Heroes Month presented by the FastBreak Foundation and the Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation.

Wolves Honor Specialist Josh Lane, Petty Officer 2nd Class Juren Raske and Specialist Scott Patrick At Saturday's Game
Three special heroes were honored during the Timberwolves Saturday night home victory over the Boston Celtics. The services of Specialist Josh Lane, Petty Officer 2nd Class Juren Raske and Specialist Scott Patrick were celebrated during the game by the packed Target Center crowd.

Wolves Honor Military Service Men And Women On Military Night
On Wednesday, the Wolves were able to honor members of our Armed Forces in their own way. The Wolves honored all branches of the military throughout their matchup with Cleveland at Target Center.

Wolves Honor Navy Corpman Samuel Getaweh and Sergeant Robert Hutton
Throughout November, the FastBreak Foundation is focusing on supporting Minnesota Troops and their families through the Operation: Minnesota Heroes Campaign. On Friday, the Wolves honored Navy Corpman Samuel Getaweh and Sergeant Robert Hutton at Target Center.

Wolves Present BFW Charities—Veterans Pain Program With $5,000 Check
The Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation honored BFW Charities—Veterans Pain Program with an on-court presentation during the Timberwolves' Wednesday night matchup against the Golden State Warriors at Target Center.

Wolves Present Rebuilding Together With $5,000 Grant
On Friday at Target Center, Rebuilding Together Twin Cities was honored at center court and presented with a grant check for $5,000. Rebuilding Together helps improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners, and during the Wolves' Operation: Minnesota Heroes month, Rebuilding Together is helping refurbish the home of a retired U.S. Army veteran.

Backpack Build with Shabazz Muhhamad
On Oct. 28, Timberwolves rookie Shabazz Muhammad helped pack 125 backpacks for students at the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. Muhammad teamed with employees of the Timberwolves and the Kids In Need Foundation to make this possible.


October 2013

Wolves Present Youth 1st Inc. With $5,000 Grant
The Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation honored Youth 1st Inc with an on-court presentation during Wednesday's game at Target Center during the Wolves matchup with the Orlando Magic. In October, the Fastbreak Foundation celebrated new seasons, new beginnings—which reflects the excitement and opportunity a new NBA season both on and off the court.

Feature/Video: Wolves Make Impact On Farnsworth's Future Leaders
The Wolves' FastBreak Foundation teamed up with Rebuild Together Twin Cities to help refurbish Farnsworth Aerospace School and build a new basketball court on their playground. The school's future leaders and staff were appreciative, and they showed that during the Timberwolves' court dedication and youth basketball camp on Tuesday.

Photos: Farnsworth Aerospace School Court Dedication/Camp
Check out the top photos from Tuesday, Oct. 22 as the Wolves Dancers, staff and Crunch took part in dedicating the Farnsworth Aerospace School's new playground basketball court.


Offseason 2013

Wolves Staff Volunteers At Farnsworth Aerospace School
The Minnesota Timberwolves staff volunteered its time on Thursday toward helping make improvements to the building and playground at Farnsworth Aerospace School in St. Paul. The event, which began at 9 a.m. and stretched to 4 p.m., included approximately 80 members of the Wolves organization teaming together to help get several projects done over the course of one day.

Wolves Players Teach Game To next Generation On The Caravan
Part of the Timberwolves Summer Caravan presented by U.S. Bank experience is taking time at each of the team’s stops to talk with kids and provide a free youth basketball camp. The 2013 version of the Caravan did just that in Rochester, Duluth and Fargo.

All Access: Wolves Caravan 2013
Take a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to ride the Timberwolves Caravan with Chase Budinger and Dante Cunningham around the state meeting fans, playing golf and hanging out on the bus.

FastBreak Foundation Accepting Applicants For 2013-14 Monthly Grants
The Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation today announced that it will begin accepting applications from non-profit organizations for grants for the upcoming 2013-14 season. The application process will be open until Sept. 13, 2013. Over the past eight seasons, the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation has given more than $500,000 through the grant application process to qualifying organizations.


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