New Wolves Visit Children's Hospital

by Kyle Ratke
Web Editor
@Kyle_Ratke

It sure didn’t take much time for the newest members of the Minnesota Timberwolves to start giving back to the community.

On Wednesday morning, Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Zach LaVine and Thaddeus Young visited the Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. Crunch also attended the event.

“We were so excited to have the Timberwolves and Crunch here,” said Senior Director of Child and Family Services Joy Johnson-Lind. “And we know it’s a huge opportunity for our kids and families and we just can’t say enough how much we appreciate the players taking some time out of their busy day and schedule to come to make a difference in the lives of our patients.”

The four appeared on a live show that was streamed to the rooms in the hospital. They took calls from patients and went through the basics of basketball with a man they call “The Dude.”

After, the crew went upstairs to color and chat with patients. This also included free Timberwolves gear and autographs for the patients. It was evident early on that the day of each child was made a bit better by the Wolves simply taking time out of their day to visit these kids, having them know that they do indeed care.

“It’s very important,” Young said. “I want them to see that I’m not just a basketball player. That us as a team, we’re not just basketball players. We’re guys who want to help the city, want to help the kids, we want to help people grow just like we’re growing at the same time.”