Backpack Build with Shabazz Muhammad

In grade school, Timberwolves rookie Shabazz Muhammad loved going school supply shopping and opening up a backpack full of new school items.

On Oct. 28, the first-round pick brought that same happiness to 125 children at the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center in St. Paul.

“It’s always important to get school supplies,” Muhammad said. “I remember when I was in high school and I couldn’t wait to get my school supplies… To see how the kids look will be a fun thing for me to experience.”

Muhammad, along with other members of the Timberwolves organization, packed 125 backpacks with notebooks, folders, glue, pencils, pens and more at the Kids In Need Need Foundation located on Kasota Avenue in Minneapolis.

“The important thing to do every day is give back,” said Kids In Need Foundation Executive Director Dave Smith. “All of our contributions come from individuals or organizations as a way of giving back and we find that people in the community tend to support more organizations that they know give back to colleges as well.”

The Kids In Need Foundation is a charitable organization founded in 1995. The mission of the foundation is to make sure every child has the supplies necessary to succeed in a classroom setting. There are 33 organizations affiliated with the Kids In Need Foundation across the United States.

The Foundation provides free supplies to students and teachers, awards grants to teacher for innovative classroom projects and teams with local businesses and individuals to make this all happen.

After packing the bags, Muhammad the the volunteers delivered the bags to the community center.

Students at the school lined up to receive their backpack personally delivered by Muhammad. Muhammad spoke to the students after, thanking them for the opportunity to help out. He also signed autographs.

The event begins a three-year relationship between Muhammad and the Kid’s In Need Foundation. Through the partnership, he has pledged to not only provide financial support, but also to be hands-on in making a lasting effect on the educational lives of the children.

“It’s really important, you know, being a rookie here,” Muhammad said. “And getting to put smiles on their faces… Just doing something that people really need and if you look at it, people need a lot of school supplies and that’s why I thought it was good idea to drop them off for some kids in need.”

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