Timberwolves join forces with The Minneapolis Foundation to fight racial injustice
The Minnesota Timberwolves are taking some concrete steps to battle racism by teaming up with The Minneapolis Foundation to “address systemic inequities and translate community anger into actions,” the team announced Wednesday. The Timberwolves are being joined by the WNBA’s Lynx in this initiative.
Minneapolis is ground zero of all the unrest that has gripped the nation over the past week or so. George Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police last week, and it has sparked a nationwide uproar. It’s good to hear that the Timberwolves are not only condemning the very act of racial injustice and everything it entails, but are also acting on making changes.
This becomes especially relevant following the backlash received by the Minneapolis police because of the direct involvement of some of their now-former uniformed personnel in the death of Floyd. Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders, who has been assigned with civic leadership duties as part of this newly established partnership, opened up about his love for the city and how he hopes to reform the mired image of Minneapolis:
“Minneapolis is a special place,” said Saunders. “I want all people of color to experience this amazing city without fear. We talk a lot about actions over words; we need to make meaningful change and that starts with partnering with The Minneapolis Foundation. As leaders on this Advisory Committee – we will work diligently with our youth counterparts to listen to what needs to change, raise awareness, and partner with informed leaders who can help bring meaningful impact to our cities.”
Recently, Timberwolves players Karl-Anthony Towns and Josh Okogie joined the peaceful protests in the city, attending a George Floyd rally with Stephen Jackson at Minneapolis City Hall. Clearly, the Timberwolves organization has no intention of standing pat here, and they’re going to try to change things for the better.