Thaddeus Young to Deliver 300 Toys to Youth in the Twin Cities

December 12, 2014

What:  Timberwolves forward Thaddeus Young is bringing his Young for Youth Foundation’s annual Thad-A-Claus initiative to the Twin Cities this holiday season. Young along with the Young for Youth Foundation, the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation and SPIRE Credit Union will deliver 300 donated toys to deserving children at three locations in Minneapolis. The Thad-A-Claus caravan stops include a children’s hospital and a youth homeless shelter.

Who: Thaddeus Young

When: Saturday, December 13

1:40-3:30 p.m.

Where: 1:40-2:10 p.m.- University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, 2450 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis

2:20-2:50 p.m. – The Bridge for Youth, 1111 W 22nd St, Minneapolis

3-3:30 p.m. – Boys & Girls Club, 2410 Irving Ave N, Minneapolis

 

Info:   Interviews with Young will be available at each location. Children will be at each stop to pick out their toy and meet Young.

The Young for Youth Foundation, created by Thaddeus Young, is a nonprofit organization focused on education, health and wellness, athletics, personal growth and responsibility and professional development. The Foundation aims to support and create programs in these five key areas in effort to achieve its goal of building a better future for at-risk youth and young families.


Elementary Students Get Ride to School from Corey Brewer on Dec. 11

December 10, 2014

What:  Timberwolves forward/guard Corey Brewer will take five elementary students to school and meet with their classroom as part of the FastBreak Foundation’s Take a Player to School event.

Who: Corey Brewer

When: Thursday, Dec. 11

8:50 a.m. – Limo with Brewer and students arrive at school

9 – 9:20 a.m. – Brewer Q&A in 1st grade classroom

Where: Little Mountain Elementary School

9350 Fallon Ave., Monticello

Info:   Interviews with students and Brewer will be available at the school. Media are allowed to enter the classroom for the Q&A session with the students.


Timberwolves Players Contributions Provide 500 Tickets to Youth for Each Target Center Game this Season

December 4, 2014

Minnesota Timberwolves players’ contributions in this season’s Tickets for Kids program has enabled the organization to donate 500 tickets for every home game to deserving youth in our community. A total of 22,000 tickets will be donated this season thanks to the players’ financial support of the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation’s Tickets for Kids program.

Players who donated $10,000 or more this season are recognized with a personalized banner above their Tickets for Kids seating section in Target Center. Nikola Pekovic leads the team with his $50,000 donation. The player seating sections for the 2014-15 season are:

-       Pek’s Pack – sponsored by Nikola Pekovic

-       Ricky’s Rock Stars – sponsored by Ricky Rubio

-       Kevin’s Krew – sponsored by Kevin Martin

-       Thad’s’ Young-Stars – sponsored by Thaddeus Young

-       Brewer’s Buddies – sponsored by Corey Brewer

-       Budinger’s Ballers – sponsored by Chase Budinger

“The incredible contributions from our players into this program are a testament to their desire to give back to the community in a very significant way,” said Brad Ruiter, Timberwolves Vice President of Communications. “This initiative is a voluntary program that our players are not required to participate in, yet we continue to see our guys want to step up and do things like this to show how much being involved means to them. We are proud that several thousand area kids who may not otherwise get the opportunity will be able to enjoy a Timberwolves game this season because of the generosity of our players.”

To distribute the donated tickets, the FastBreak Foundation partners with nonprofit organizations that focus on benefiting youth through one-on-one mentoring, education enrichment, community involvement and support for at-risk children and those who have physical or mental challenges. Some of the 2014-15 Ticket for Kids partners include Big Brothers Big Sisters, Camp Odayin, HopeKids, The Bridge for Youth, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Salvation Army, Tix for Tots and the Washburn Center for Children.

“The Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation has been an incredible partner for HopeKids. Through the Foundation and the Tickets for Kids program, our kids and their families have been given experiences by the Timberwolves that help accomplish our mission of providing hope,” said Brian Anderson, executive director of HopeKids Minnesota. “We could not provide these experiences without the FastBreak Foundation, and we are extremely grateful for this partnership and program.”

Nonprofit groups interested in participating in the Tickets for Kids program can visit www.timberwolves.com/community for more information.


Timberwolves Sign Jeff Adrien

November 30, 2014
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed forward Jeff Adrien. The Timberwolves were granted an NBA hardship exception for a 16th roster spot due to having four players out due to injury. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
Adrien, 28, averaged 6.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last season in 53 games (12 starts) between Milwaukee and Charlotte. Adrien averaged 10.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in 28 games (12 starts) after being acquired by the Bucks on Feb. 20 in a midseason trade with the Bobcats.
A 6-7 forward, Adrien has averaged 4.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in 136 career games over four seasons between Charlotte, Golden State, Houston and Milwaukee.

 


‘Tis the Season for Timberwolves Holiday Deals

November 26, 2014

With the holiday season here, the Minnesota Timberwolves are once again offering a variety of deals on tickets and merchandise for the Wolves fans on your gift list. The Wolves’ holiday deals start on Black Friday with merchandise specials and the launch of a four-game Holiday Plan, followed by single game ticket deals on Cyber Monday.

The Wolves’ new four-game Holiday Plan starts at just $95 for the first 100 fans who purchase online at www.timberwolves.com/holiday on Black Friday. Along with special pricing, this ticket package gives fans access to four big Saturday night matchups including the January 31 game vs. Cleveland. Additional opponents featured in the package include the Spurs on January 10, Grizzlies on February 28 and the Trail Blazers on March 7.

The Wolves will also offer merchandise specials on Black Friday. Fans who spend $100 in the adidas Wolves Pro Shop in Target Center receive a $25 gift card to use toward a future purchase in December. The first five customers to spend $250 or more in the store will receive an autographed basketball, jersey or hat.

Starting at 6 a.m. on Cyber Monday, tickets for select Wolves games will be available for up to 70 percent off. Fans are encouraged to shop early to get the best deals as prices begin increasing at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. that day. Any fan who purchases 12 tickets with the Cyber Monday offer will have the option to purchase another four tickets to the January 5 game vs. Denver for only $20. To purchase Cyber Monday tickets, visit www.timberwolves.com/cybermonday. Once again this season, there are no fees on tickets purchased through the Timberwolves.

To kick off the Cyber Monday deals, the Wolves are hosting a free breakfast on December 1 from 6 – 9 a.m. in the Target Center skyway. The breakfast will include free donuts, mascot Crunch,  the Timberwolves Dancers and information on the Cyber Monday deals.


Timberwolves to Honor Lindsay Whalen at Tonight’s Contest vs. Milwaukee

November 26, 2014

WHAT: The Minnesota Timberwolves will honor Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen at center court of the Wolves game against the Milwaukee Bucks for bringing home a gold medal at the 2014 FIBA World Championship. Whalen and Lynx teammates Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore and Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve earned a gold medal with the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s World Championship team after Team USA rolled through the FIBA World Championship undefeated (6-0) and claimed its second-straight gold medal at the event.

The title, which was USA’s ninth FIBA World Championship gold, earned Team USA its place in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Team USA is now 103-21 all-time in FIBA World Championship play. In all, USA has captured nine gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals in 16 World Championships.

This is Whalen’s third gold medal with Team USA after winning the FIBA World Championship in 2010 and earning Olympic gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Whalen also won gold medals as a member of the USA World Championship for Young Women in 2002 and 2003. In six 2014 FIBA tournament games, Whalen averaged 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

WHO: Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen

WHERE: Target Center Main Floor

WHEN: TONIGHT – During first timeout of the second quarter at the Wolves vs. Bucks (Tip at 7 p.m.)


Kevin Martin Injury Update

November 25, 2014

Kevin Martin underwent successful surgery this morning to repair a fracture in his right wrist. The surgery was performed by Dr. Thomas Graham at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Martin is expected to be sidelined approximately 6-8 weeks.

The injury occurred at the 6:48 mark of the first quarter during Minnesota’s 115-99 win over New York on Wednesday, November 19.

Through nine games this season Martin is averaging 20.4 points on 48.3 percent shooting from the floor and 48.1 percent from the three-point line.


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