FastBreak Foundation Kicks Off Read To Achieve Month, Honors Shepherd's Center

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The Minnesota Timberwolves and the FastBreak Foundation kicked off the month of March, celebrating the Read to Achieve month.

Throughout the month, the FastBreak Foundation focuses on education, fostering the love of reading and putting books in the hands of Minnesota children.

During the second quarter of the Timberwolves home game versus the New York Knicks the Foundation presented a grant to Shepherd’s Center of the Cannon Valley.

“The Shepherd’s Center brings them these wonderful senior citizens who read to our students,” Principal Derek Bell said of the program. “When we had the opportunity and found out about this it was a joy for me, because my goal is to get books in the hands of kids, but also to instill a love of reading.”

This organization promotes lifelong community involvement for senior adults. Their book buddies program connects senior volunteers to read to first grade students and emphasize the importance of reading. Each student receives a new book at the end of the program. Funding will be used to purchase books for students.

As Chairman Loren Evenrud explained, “We are going to purchase 100 textbooks for all the first graders and bring in the author of the textbook.”

Minnesota Timberwolves President, Chris Wright, presented a $5,000 check to Chairman Loren Evenrud, Book Buddy Volunteer Gayle Prinzing and Principal Derek Bell.

“I think all those kid are going to be really thrilled,” Prinzing said.

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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