"There are so many amazing figures in African American history and the Timberwolves are proud to play a role in sharing their stories and celebrating their accomplishments," Timberwolves President Chris Wright said. "This great contest gives our young fans a unique opportunity not only to express their creativity, but also to educate themselves and hopefully become inspired to incorporate the lessons that they learn into their daily lives."
This year's three winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to Atlanta from March 22-24 to visit historical sites including the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the historic EbenezerBaptist Church where Dr. King began his career as a minister. The three winners will also be invited to see the Wolves take on the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on March 23. Winners will be announced during the Wolves game vs. Portland on February 27.
Last year's winning entries included an essay on Frederick Douglass from Halie Chelstrom (Champlin Park High School), a poem about Billie Holiday from Katie Hardin (Skyview Middle School in Oakdale) and a sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. from Heather Mohr (FredMoore Middle School, Anoka).
Each February, the FastBreak Foundation's Black History Month Initiative celebrates the lives and accomplishments of influential black leaders in our community and throughout history. In addition to the "Who Inspires You?" creative contest, Timberwolves Black History Month initiatives include traveling black history celebrations at area middle schools, a $10,000 grant presentation, and the in-arena recognition of local Black heroes at all February home games.