Minnesota/St. Paul (January 3, 2013) – Through WolvesCare month, presented by C.H. Robinson, the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation will turn its attention this January to some of the Wolves’ smallest fans, but those with the biggest hearts: children suffering chronic illnesses. Throughout the month at each Timberwolves game and at events across the community, the FastBreak Foundation’s WolvesCare initiative will work to make a difference in these courageous children’s lives. The FastBreak Foundation is proud to be supported by the Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation.
“It’s a privilege for our organization to recognize and celebrate this courageous and inspirational group of Wolves fans,” Timberwolves President Chris Wright said. “It is our hope that this month’s programming will not only provide positive experiences for these great kids, but also help to build awareness for some of the illnesses they are living with. We are pleased to team up with C.H. Robinson to accomplish these goals.”
The following events will be a part of this year’s WolvesCare Month:
Jan. 8 – Grant Presentations
Each month, the FastBreak Foundation works to identify two local non-profits with goals that are closely aligned with the Foundation’s monthly theme and bolster their programming through a $5,000 grant. This month’s recipients are Blair’s Tree of Hope and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. These two organizations will be awarded their grant at the Wolves/Hawks game on Jan. 8.
Blair’s Tree of Hope helps the families of children who have been hospitalized with a life-threatening illness by providing them with meals, gas cards & grocery cards, parking passes, toiletries, magazines, books, etc.
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare provides the highly specialized care that children who have disabilities and complex conditions need, Gillette is internationally renowned for a level of pediatric expertise.
Jan. 5-30 – Heroes in the Making
At five home games throughout WolvesCare Month, the FastBreak Foundation will recognize a local “Hero in the Making.” 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 in a special on-court ceremony.
Jan. 29 – Mall of America Takeover
As part of The FastBreak Foundation’s WolvesCare month presented by C.H. Robinson, 15-20 area children that have been diagnosed with long-term illnesses will be taking over the Mall of America for a day of fun alongside Timberwolves players. 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 37,000 customers through a network of more than 230 offices and over 10,500 employees around the world. The company works with 53,000 transportation providers worldwide. C.H. Robinson is a Fortune 500 company and has annual revenues of over $10 billion.
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.