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Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation Tips Off
Month-Long WolvesCare Initiative
Minnesota/St. Paul – This January the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation, in association with C.H. Robinson, present WolvesCare month. This initiative focuses on recognizing and supporting some of the Wolves' smallest fans, but those with the biggest hearts: children living with chronic illnesses.
The following events will be a part of this year's WolvesCare Month:
Grant Presentations, Jan. 1 and Jan. 4
The FastBreak Foundation awards two $5,000 grants to local nonprofits that have goals and outreach closely aligned with the WolvesCare theme. This month's recipients are Memorial Blood Centers and Keys 4/4 Kids.
Memorial Blood Centers was presented with their grant during the Jan. 1 game vs. New Orleans. The organization is dedicated to saving lives by providing blood and biomedical solutions. Each year about one in every 500 African American infants are born with sickle cell disease. Blood transfusions are used to provide some relief from pain caused by this disease. The funding will be used to recruit new African American blood donors and support sickle cell awareness.
Keys 4/4 Kids is the grant recipient during the Jan. 4 game vs. Oklahoma City. The organization accepts, restores and sells donated pianos, using the profits to support music and arts programs for local youth. Keys 4/4 Kids’ charitable programs include donating pianos to low-income students, hosting bedside mini-concerts at children’s hospitals and recognizing outstanding teachers. It also coordinates the Pianos on Parade program that pairs artists with local youth to paint pianos together in St. Paul.
Heroes in the Making
During WolvesCare Month, the FastBreak Foundation will recognize a "Hero in the Making" at six home games. The Foundation has identified local children battling chronic illnesses and will share their stories with the Target Center crowd on game nights. These inspirational fans will be treated to a suite for the game and recognized during an on-court ceremony.
Mall of America Takeover – Jan. 14
The FastBreak Foundation and C.H. Robinson will host 15 area children who have been diagnosed with long-term illnesses for a day of fun with Timberwolves players at Mall of America. The children will get the chance to create a new friend at the Build-A-Bear store, enjoy some ice cream and wrap up the day at SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium.
About C.H. Robinson
Founded in 1905, C.H. Robinson is a global provider of multimodal logistics services and fresh produce sourcing to 42,000 customers through a network of more than 280 offices and over 11,500 employees around the world. The company works with 56,000 transportation providers worldwide. C.H. Robinson is a Fortune 500 company and has annual revenues of over $11 billion in 2012.
Through the company and its Foundation, C.H. Robinson and its employees contribute millions of dollars annually to a variety of organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Community Health Charities, American Red Cross, Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, and Global Impact. The company is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and has been publicly traded on the NASDAQ since 1997. For more information about C.H. Robinson, visit http://www.chrobinson.com.
About the FastBreak Foundation
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. The FastBreak Foundation is proud to be supported by the Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation.
Kylie Crull, Minnesota Timberwolves, (612) 673-8409, firstname.lastname@example.org