Wolves Honor Heroes Tim Lisk, Matthew Birr and Jonathan Nyquist

Wolves Honor Heroes Tim Lisk, Matthew Birr and Jonathan Nyquist

Cristy Brusoe
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Three humble military heroes were honored during the Timberwolves on Friday night victory over the Brooklyn Nets. The packed Target Center crowd stood in applause of the services of Sergeant Tim Lisk, Sergeant Matthew Birr and Specialist Jonathan Nyquist during the second quarter of the game night festivities.

Throughout the month of November, the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation, along with the Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation and POPP Communications, is focusing on supporting Minnesota Troops and their families through the Operation: Minnesota Heroes Campaign.

Lisk served with the 2nd Brigade, 14th Infantry Regiment in Iraq from November 2009 to September 2010. Birr served with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division of the US Army in Afghanistan. Nyquist served with the 571st Engineering Sapper Company in Afghanistan from July 2011 to July 2012.

“I’ve never experienced like that,” a speechless Birr said, describing the experience.

“It was a lot of fun… it was a warm reception,” Nyquist added.

Minnesota Timberwolves President Chris Wright, along with Roger and Nancy McCabe, presented all three men with JJ Barea jerseys.

“It makes you feel like the little person isn’t forgotten,” Lisk said after being honored.

In addition, Kelly Boston, a member of the Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund presented the heroes with a grant from MMAF in honor of their sacrifices for our country.

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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