FastBreak Foundation Honors Spark-Y

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Cristy Brusoe
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As a park of Think Green month the Timberwolves and FastBreak Foundation celebrated the efforts of the Spark-Y organization on Wednesday evening.

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.

During the 2nd quarter of the Wolves game versus the Bulls, the FastBreak Foundation presented a grant to Spark-Y. The organization empowers youth with knowledge, job preparation and life success skills through hands-on sustainable education.

Timberwolves President Chris Wright was on hand to present a $5,000 check to Founder – Mary Helen Franze, Executive Director – Zach Robinson and Students/CEO of Unity Gardens – Travon Williamson.

“The funding will go towards equipment, stipends and a little bit of staff time to help continue the program and help out the business,” Robinson explained.

Travon, the CEO of Unity Gardens, has his business plan all set up and has been selling at local farmers markets all around the Twin Cities. He has also been working with local vendors to contract and sell his produce.

“It feels really good,” Travon explained. “I really feel like I’m a CEO now. It’s just been great.”

Their Unity Gardens sustainability program provides a fresh source of produce to the north Minneapolis community.

“Zach and I have had this dream for a very, very long time and it’s just a great evening for me and I just thank the Wolves, who really care about our future and sustainability and the youth and how to live harmoniously,” Mary Helen Franze said of the night.

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.


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