Wolves Honor AVID Through Read To Achieve Month

David Sherman/NBAE/Getty Images
The Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation honored AVID with an on-court presentation during Wednesday's game at Target Center during the Wolves matchup with the Washington Wizards. Throughout the month of March, the Wolves' goal is to help foster the love of reading for Minnesota children and put books into those children's hands.

AVID is a national program that is in its sixth year in the St. Paul Public School District. Its mission is to assist students who are in the "academic middle" to prepare them for admission to four-year colleges and universities.

AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, helps students from elementary school through high school throughout the country. It began with one high school and 32 students and now reaches more than 700,000 kids in more than 4,900 schools and 28 postsecondary schools in 46 states, the District of Columbia and across 16 other countries and territories, according to its official website.

Timberwolves President Chris Wright presented the check for $2,500 to Trina Frunches and Shalonda Flowers.

The FastBreak Foundation will continue their initiative throughout the month with additional grants awarded at the Mavericks game on Sunday night. The Foundation will also host Reading Timeouts featuring players and members of the team’s staff throughout the month, and on March 24 against Chicago the team will host Read To Achieve Night. Any student who completes the Wolves’ Starting Five reading incentive program will receive tickets to the Bulls game.

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.

For more news and notes on the team follow the Minnesota Timberwolves and Mark Remme on Twitter, and join the conversation at WolvesNation.com.