Rubio, Tolliver Spend Time At Reading Time Out
Wolves Editorial/Social Media Associate
The Minnesota Timberwolves make it a top priority to serve within their community, and on Thursday the Wolves got an opportunity to spread cheer to some of their younger fans.
As part of The FastBreak Foundation’s WolvesCare month, presented by C.H. Robinson Worldwide and Hennepin County Medical Center the Foundation, guard Ricky Rubio and forward Anthony Tolliver helped host Reading Time-Out at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Children currently staying at the hospital were able to put their painful situation aside and spend some time with their favorite Wolves players, which brought smiles all around.
“Seeing the kids smile and laugh and just kind of forget about what is going on in their lives right now is really great to see,” Tolliver said. “All these kids are having some problems right now, so just being able to come here and take their minds off it for awhile, if it’s only an hour, 15 minutes or even if it’s two minutes, it’s better than nothing. It’s definitely something me and Ricky had a lot of fun doing and hopefully we can do it more.”
As children and their families anxiously waited for the players to arrive, their anticipation and excitement became clear as soon as Crunch and the players entered the lobby doors.
The teammates then headed to the Star Studio near the hospital lobby to greet the children and share their story telling skills as they read Off to Bed, Little Monster. Both Tolliver and Rubio took turns reading each page with their own narrative style: Tolliver read the story in English while Rubio read the story in Spanish.
The two teammates kept their audience’s attention both in the crowd and watching from their hospital rooms via the Children’s closed circuit television station.
For Rubio and Tolliver, being able to help the kids forget their troubles for a short time that afternoon was just as enjoyable for them as it was for the patients and their families.
“Giving back to the community is important,” Tolliver said. “Without this community we’re nothing. The Timberwolves wouldn’t exist without the community and the fans. It’s just our token of appreciation to those parents and kids who support us so much.”
The children also got to see some of Rubio and Tolliver’s basketball skills up close in a friendly game of “Wolf,” a shortened version of the classic “Horse” shooting game. The room filled with laughs as Rubio and Tolliver did their best to showcase their talent however they may have failed to take notice of the size of the Nerf basketball hoop early on as shots did not drop as easily as they may have thought.
Following the reading, the game of “Wolf,” and a question-and-answer session with some of the children, Rubio and Tolliver headed to other room in the hospital to visit with patients.
Presents were distributed along with autographs and photo ops for the children and families in need a little cheer and from the smiles shared throughout the entire visit, it was clear Rubio and Tolliver were more than happy to assist.
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