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Cole Aldrich Isn't Wasting Time Giving Back
Well, that didn’t take long.
The Wolves signed center Cole Aldrich hoping he would add some rim protecting for the team. What they might not have known is that the hometown kid (born in Burnsville, Minn.) would also contribute huge off the court. And it’s only been about two months since his signing.
It started in mid-August when Aldrich, along with assistant coach Ryan Saunders and player Shabazz Muhammad, represented the Wolves on the 2016 U.S. Bank Caravan.
“It’s awesome,” Aldrich said of the Caravan. “. . . Just coming out and showing support to the people that really support us in the state.”
Two weeks after that, Aldrich was back at it again. Aldrich, along with his wife Brittany, organized a backpack giveaway. The two, along with family, friends and the Kids in Need Foundation, put together 300 backpacks with school supplies to give to students at Stonebridge Community School in Minneapolis.
“This is great,” said Dave Smith, the Executive Director at the Kids in Need Foundation. “I didn’t know it was all family when they first came in here and you can see that they’re all talking to each other and it’s great because they’re all getting a feeling of what they want to do.”
Aldrich engaged with the students while passing out backpacks, asking them if they were excited for school (mixed reviews) and gave each student a high five.
One student left the gym saying, “I’m never washing that hand again!”
(For the health of your fellow students, maybe wash the hand at some point.)
“Today wraps up a great day and as we see the kids leaving the gym, faces full of energy, ready to tackle the new school year, what an awesome afternoon,” said Timberwolves Community Relations Manager Mathew Makovec. “And it wouldn’t be possible without our partners as well as Cole and Brittany Aldrich taking time out of their day to make this possible for all the kids in the community.”
For some reason, we don’t think this will be the last time the Aldrich family gets involved in the community.