Timberwolves Honor Top AVID Students

by Mark Remme
Web Editor

The Minnesota Timberwolves and the FastBreak Foundation honored three of St. Paul’s AVID Students during a break in game action Sunday afternoon.

Nadia Ramirez from Benjamin E. Mays School and Leeroy Doe and Angel Sanchez from Highwood Hills School, were all brought out to center court to be recognized in front of a packed Target Center crowd.

Throughout the month of March, the FastBreak Foundation is focusing its efforts on education, fostering the love of reading and putting books in the hands of Minnesota children.

Travelers Insurance partnered with the FastBreak Foundation to bring the Starting Five Reading Program to St. Paul’s AVID Students.

“We’ve been working with AVID for such a long time. It’s such a great program. Especially because it’s housed in St. Paul. Travelers is all about giving back to the community. It’s all about helping programs like AVID in downtown St. Paul,” said Simpson Fongthian, Travelers Representative.

Timberwolves President Chris Wright and Simpson Fongthian presented Nadia, Leeroy and Angel with Ricky Rubio jerseys. For the kids, it was a Don’t Blink moment they’ll never forget.

“I feel happy because this is my favorite team. Kevin Love is my favorite player,” Leeroy said with joy.

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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