Timberwolves Kick Off Season With Community Honors

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Lindsey LaBelle
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The Timberwolves launched their regular season with the Heroes United Program honoring Sergeant Patrick Loch of Litchfield, Minnesota Friday night against the Sacramento Kings.

Loch is a member of the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade of the Minnesota National Guard.

In 1999, at the age of 17, he enlisted and later deployed with the 682nd Engineer Battalion to Kosovo. He deployed again in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007, conducting combat patrols and force protection.

The Timberwolves Heroes United Program along with the Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation honor Minnesota’s Military Personnel during each home game.

The Minnesota Timberwolves also kicked off the night with presentations from the FastBreak Foundation.

In October, the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation celebrated valued community outreach initiatives with grants toward Minnesota’s youth.

Minnesota Timberwolves President, Chris Wright, first presented a $5000 grant to Portico to support homeless youth at Nicollet Square.

The funds will be used to support services that provide the life skills essential for youth to achieve independence and new beginnings. The grant was received by Portico’s Executive Director, Lee Blons, and Rich Evans, a resident at Nicollet Square.

Wright also presented a $5000 grant to Opportunity Partners’ Senior Vice President, Gregg Murray, and Leo Nemeth, a local resident that benefits from Opportunity Partners' services.

The funding will be used in an outdoor learning center and community gathering space to serve young people with disabilities.

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