FastBreak Foundation Honors Top Readers

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Cristy Brusoe
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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.

Throughout the month of March, the FastBreak Foundation and Minnesota Timberwolves celebrate Read to Achieve month and the foundation shifts focus to education, fostering the love of reading and putting books in the hands of Minnesota children.

The three students, Alex Cecena from Valley View Elementary and Zak Glade and Emma Plemens-Schunk, both from Bridges Community School, were humble in walking out in front of a huge crowd at Target Center on Sunday evening.

When asked if it was a nerve-racking experience, Zak was quick to say “Yep.”

But, all three agreed that it’s “very important” for kids to read.

All of the students were involved in the Starting Five Reading Program.

Timberwolves President Chris Wright and FastBreak Foundation sponsors Roger and Nancy McCabe presented Alex, Zak and Emma with Kevin Love jerseys.

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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