Barea, Cunningham Take Part In Ronald McDonald Court Dedication

by Mark Remme
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Mark Remme
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The FastBreak Foundation sends a special thank you to Schoenfelder Renovations, Inc., Gopher Sport, Grafix Shoppe and Athletic Values LLC for their help in the court renovation at the Ronald McDonald House.

Guard JJ Barea, forward Dante Cunningham and members of the Timberwolves organization helped dedicate a newly renovated basketball court at the Ronald McDonald House near the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Ronald McDonald was the winner of the FastBreak Foundation’s Court Renovation Contest and received $10,000 to put toward a basketball court transformation in is facility.

The court is equipped with painted walls along with Timberwolves, Lynx and Ronald McDonald House logos on the walls and on the hardwood. It’s got new baseboards, backboards and new gym equipment. The court dedication and renovation is part of the FastBreak Foundation’s October New Season’s New Beginnings programming, which reflects the excitement and opportunity a new NBA season brings not only to basketball enthusiasts but also to the local community.

For the FastBreak Foundation, that means creating new opportunities for Minnesota’s youth through renewed spaces, energy and attitudes for learning and community development. For Ronald McDonald House President and CEO Jon Stanoch, the afternoon was a day to remember.

“This is just a really cool day for all of us here at Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Upper Midwest,” Stanoch said. “To have two members of the Timberwolves come over here to dedicate this new court that the FastBreak Foundation helped fund, did fund, is just amazing. To have the players come and spend time with the kids staying here meant a lot, and we’re just so appreciative of the Timberwolves organization, the FastBreak Foundation, Mr. [Glen] Taylor, the ownership, and all they do for kids and their families. It’s just a great day.”

Wolves studio host John Focke led the event, introducing the kids to Barea and Cunningham before the two NBA players shared the court and gave the kids some basketball tips.

Barea said this is just another way the Wolves are impacting the community.

“I think the Timberwolves do a good job of just everything with kids and sports and basketball,” Barea said. “I think to take the time after practice to see some kids and see the good things that they’re doing for them and just enjoying it. Seeing the smiles on their faces makes my day.”

Cunningham said being able to give back to the youth in the community brings him back to his days as a kid.

“It’s just exciting to get out and see them,” Cunningham said. “It’s very humbling, and it’s something that may not seem much to come out here but it’s a big deal for them and it’s definitely big for us.”

Stanoch said both the Wolves and the Lynx do a good job giving back to the community.

“To see the players come over and take time out of their busy schedules to spend time with the kids, you can see in the gym today with the dedication, they look up to them,” Stanoch said. “They look way up to them because they’re basketball players, but for these kids and their families it’s really something quite special to have professional players come over, and it’s just a great day.

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