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Timberwolves announce fan appreciation month schedule of events

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Throughout the month of April, the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation will express thanks to all of the dedicated fans who have supported the Wolves on the court and in the community in 2008-09 through Fan Appreciation Month, presented by NRG Energy Center Minneapolis.

Fan Appreciation Month is highlighted by a special $10,000 FastBreak Foundation grant presentation, in which the winning organization will be decided through an online fan vote at timberwolves.com/community. The April schedule of events also features the annual Timberwolves Ten and Timberwolves Scholarship awards, a Randy Foye shopping outing with foster children, a Ronald McDonald House appearance by Kevin Love, Fan Appreciation Night during the Wolves game vs. Phoenix on April 11, and culminates with the grant giveaway at the Wolves season finale vs. Sacramento on April 15.

"Timberwolves fans are so important to our franchise and we're very happy to express our thanks for their continued support," said Timberwolves President Chris Wright. "Each and every season our fans come out to enthusiastically support us on the court and in the community and their passion is truly appreciated by all of our players and staff." 

The Timberwolves will say "Thank You" to the fans during Fan Appreciation Night at the Wolves game vs. Phoenix on April 11. The night will feature numerous opportunities for fans to win prizes. Fans will also have the opportunity to receive autographed merchandise from the players following the game. Fan Appreciation Night will also feature the presentation of the Timberwolves' annual Community Service Awards, in which a Wolves player, staff member, minority owner and season ticket holder will be recognized for their contributions to the community during the past season.

The Timberwolves Fan Appreciation Month schedule of events culminates with the FastBreak Foundation's $10,000 grant presentation. For the fourth straight year, the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation is hosting an online vote for fans to select a local non-profit organization to receive the foundation's monthly grant of $10,000. Beginning today, April 1, and continuing through April 13, fans can log on to timberwolves.com/community and cast their vote for one of five pre-selected charities. The organization receiving the most online votes will be announced at the Wolves season finale vs. Sacramento on April 15, where it will receive the grant in a special on-court presentation. The five pre-selected organizations eligible for the grant are Assistance League Minneapolis-St. Paul, Cheerful Givers, Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health, The Link, and The Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment, Inc. More information about each organization can be found online at timberwolves.com/community.

The Timberwolves Fan Appreciation month also includes two programs aimed at recognizing high school students for their contributions to the community. Now in its sixth season, the Timberwolves Ten awards program honors the top senior girls and boys high school basketball players throughout the state of Minnesota. A committee consisting of coaches, league officials and media members selected the winners. Timberwolves Ten honorees will be invited to a VIP reception and will be recognized in an on-court presentation during the Timberwolves season finale vs. the Sacramento Kings on April 15.

The FastBreak Foundation will also present five $2,000 college scholarships to high school seniors from across the region. A panel comprised of FastBreak Foundation representatives chose the winners, who all exemplify excellence both in the classroom and in their respective communities. The scholarship winners will also be announced in an on-court ceremony during the Wolves game vs. Sacramento on April 15.
 

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