September 25, 2007

NBA Timberwolves travel to Europe for preseason games

Wolves start their preseason games in Instanbul and London. On Oct. 10, Minnesota will play past teammate Kevin Garnett with the Boston Celtics in London.

When the Wolves return to the States they will have a few more preseason games before the actual season kicks off on Nov. 2. First pre-season game back will be against the Memphis Grizzlies on Oct. 15. Followed by Atlanta Oct. 16, Indiana Oct. 19, and Milwaukee Oct. 20. Wolves will be back to Minnesota to play two preseason games on Oct. 23 against the Pacers and Oct. 26 against the Bucks.

On Oct. 4, the Timberwolves will dedicate a new NBA Cares Learn & Play Center presented by the leading home textile brand Taç, at Avcilar Atatürk Ilkögretim Okulu, a school affected by the earthquakes of 1999. The Center will give kids access to educational resources and a safe place to play with the features of a newly created basketball court as well as a Reading & Learning Center for the community.

The NBA Cares efforts in Istanbul started in 2002. This year NBA Cares, Minnesota Timberwolves players and team owner Glen Tayler partnered up with Starkey Hearing Foundation to distribute state-of-the-art hearing aids for over 1,000 children

NBA Cares works with internationally-recognized youth-serving programs to support education, many health related causes such as UNICEF; the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis and works with youth and family development as well.