Minnesota Timberwolves: More Than Just Sports
On Wednesday, February 8th, the Philanthropy Committee had Sarah Haugen of the Minnesota Timberwolves come in as a guest speaker. A Pennsylvania native with a passion for sports, Sarah is the Community Relations Manager for the Timberwolves. As Community Relations Manager, Sarah raises funds through multiple means for the FastBreak Foundation, a Minnesota Timberwolves foundation that supports over 2000 non-profits annually. From the start of our meeting it was obvious that there is a lot more to the professional sports world than just the games themselves.
Sarah helps coordinate the Timberwolves players and staff members to volunteer over 3000 hours annually through the many projects that the FastBreak Foundation puts on and supports. The FastBreak Foundation has a different theme each month that helps a different area of the community. Sarah says her favorite theme is the “Season of Giving” in December. During this time each Timberwolves player takes a foster kid on a $500 Christmas shopping spree. The player’s excitement to help the kids shop sometimes even leads them to spend any amount the kids want, the most spent as been as high as $2500. Sarah fundraises relentlessly throughout the year to put on these charity events.
One of the biggest fundraisers put on is called “Taste of the Timberwolves”, which will be held March 6th this year. This exclusive event invites anyone who can afford a seat or table an opportunity for a night of fun, food, and prizes with the players and coaches, and its all for a great cause. This year in particular Sarah says the event has nearly an additional hundred people going. She believes “the team doing better seems to correlate with the more seats bought.” Sarah even gave our Philanthropy Committee an opportunity to help with the event, inviting anyone who was interested to procure auction items. She added, much to our committee’s excitement, that lower seat tickets and an autographed picture from the team would be potential rewards for whoever could procure the highest valued items.
The meeting with Sarah was a great experience in which our committee was able to take a closer look at the nonprofit communications and event planning angle of public relations. We greatly appreciated her taking the time to come meet with us and giving us an exciting opportunity to help with the Taste of the Timberwolves charity event.
Thank you, Sarah, for coming to talk to our chapter! You can follow Sarah on Twitter at @TWolves_CR.
For more information about the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation visit: http://www.nba.com/timberwolves/community/fastbreak_foundation.html.