The FastBreak Foundation Honors The Boys and Girls Club
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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.
Throughout the month, the Wolves are focusing on education, fostering the love of reading and putting books in the hands of Minnesota children.
As a part of the celebration, staff member Koreena Moua and youth member Andre’ Reid were the two lucky individuals chosen to represent the Boys & Girls Club, a position they certainly earned.
“It was crazy because everybody wanted to come. Everybody wanted to be the one out there because everybody loves the Timberwolves,” Reid said, excited he got to be apart of the night’s festivities.
The Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities has been providing a positive place for disadvantaged youth of the area since 1926. The club’s Striving to Achieve Reading Success program is designed to increase reading proficiencies for children enrolled in Kindergarten through 2nd grade.
Minnesota Timberwolves President, Chris Wright, presented a $5,000 check to Boys & Girls Club staff member Koreena Moua and youth member Andre’ Reid.
For longtime members of the club, such as Koreena, the emotions of the night were bittersweet. “I’ve known him (Reid) forever, since he was a little kid. Watching him grow and be apart of his life everyday and see him mature and do better for himself, it’s an awesome feeling.”
In the past year, the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation and the Minnesota Lynx Foundation have combined to impact 2,028 organizations with $750,000 in-kind donations, 60,000 Tickets for Kids donations, 4,226 volunteer hours, 45 Heroes in the Making on-court presentations and fourteen $5,000 grants.