Master Sgt. Warren Anthony Honored Before Thursday's Game Against OKC
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Master Sgt. Warren Anthony has served the Minnesota National Guard for 27 years, and Timberwolves fans were not hesitant to thank him for his service.
Anthony is a member of the Minnesota National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters. In 1986, at the age of 17, he enlisted as a mechanic with the 1-151 Field Artillery. Later, he joined the full-time force as a unit clerk and has enjoyed serving many roles during his 27 years and counting.
After behind honored with a personalized jersey at center court, Anthony made his way to his seat and received plenty of applause, thanks and handshakes along the way.
“I’ve been very honored to be here,” Anthony said. “I’m very impressed with all the staff, and just the team members have been so cordial.”
Anthony said his favorite role was working for Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, an organization within the National Guard that supports soldiers and their family members coming and going from deployment.
As he explained the organization, one fan was determined to thank Anthony personally. He leaned over audience members in the stands, grabbed Anthony’s hand and said, “Thank you for your service, sir.”
“This is all very humbling,” he said, smiling.
Now, Anthony is looking toward retirement, but first, he’s looking forward to spending the holidays with loved ones.
Anthony was honored as part of Heroes United, a program presented by the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation and Roger and Nancy McCabe that recognizes Minnesota troops for their dedication and service.
The Minnesota FastBreak Foundation celebrates the Season of Giving presented by SPIRE Federal Credit Union. During the month, the Foundation focuses on brightening the holiday season for Minnesotans in need as well as recognizing those in the community who dedicate their time to assisting others.
The FastBreak Foundation honored Donna Dungy who volunteers with the Dungy Family Foundation’s ready program to help promote literacy in youth. Donna makes sure that schools, kids and families have books to read – they may not otherwise have that opportunity.
Timberwolves president Chris Wright and SPIRE Federal Credit UNION VP of Marketing Casey Carlson presented Donna with a team signed basketball.