Operation Minnesota Heroes Month Tips Off Tonight

The Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation's Operation Minnesota Heroes Month, presented by the Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation and POPP Communications, tips off tonight during the Wolves/Kings game and begins a month-long focus on honoring, serving and recognizing Minnesota's troops and military veterans.

At each home game in November, the FastBreak Foundation will honor returning soldiers for their service as Heroes in the Making. Each Hero in the Making will receive a Minnesotans' Military Appreciation Fund Grant.

The FastBreak Foundation will present a $5,000 grant to Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, a non-profit organization comprehensively serving veterans and their families throughout Minnesota who were homeless or experiencing a crisis that could lead to homelessness. Also receiving a $2,500 grant will be Ultimate Wellness Center and Minnesota Military Family Tribute. The Ultimate Wellness Center helps provide medical grants to military veterans. The Minnesota Military Family Tribute will be located at the State Capitol Mall in St. Paul, and will forever stand as a personal thank you to each spouse, significant other, child, parent, grandparent, sibling and any other person a soldier defines as family who provides the true foundation of support to our military personnel.

Military Night, presented by the Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation and POPP Communications, will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 9, when the Wolves host Indiana (7 p.m. tip). The night is highlighted by a pregame military swear-in, military color guard and the recognition of all current and previous members of every branch of the military.

On Tuesday, Nov. 30, several Timberwolves players and coaches will host local Purple Heart recipients, returning troops and veterans and their family members for the Foundation's annual "Give Thanks" event at SEVEN Steakhouse restaurant in Minneapolis, presented by the Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation, POPP Comunications and SEVEN Steakhouse restaurant. The Wolves players, coaches and staff will serve a Thanksgiving-style meal to their special guests.

About the FastBreak Foundation

The Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation provides and supports hands-on programs that positively impact Minnesota youth. Through giving, education and basketball opportunities, the Foundation enables young people to make responsible decisions, contribute to their futures, and experience lifelong memories. In the past year, the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation and the Minnesota Lynx Foundation have combined to impact 2,146 organizations with $842,790 in in-kind donations, 20,000 Tickets for Kids donations, 3,107 volunteer hours, 53 community members honored on-court, and 15 grants distributed.

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