On Tuesday afternoon, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx announced, led by owner Glen Taylor, announced that they would be pledging up to $1 million dollars as part of a relief fund for part-time gameday staff at Target Center. In a statement, Papa Glen stated:
“Our staff who work so hard to make the Target Center experience memorable for fans are the backbone of what we do,” said Timberwolves Owner Glen Taylor. “From the people who show fans to their seats, to the greeters at the entrance, I want to do my part to alleviate the financial concern that comes from missing games due to this national pandemic. We will get through this difficult time together and look forward to the day when our players, fans and staff are reunited again at Target Center.”
Because the Wolves/Lynx do not technically own or operate the building they call home (they are the only team in the NBA who doesn’t own their home arena), the organization had to jump through a few additional (legal) hoops this last week before they could officially pull something like this off. In the end, it was a case of “better late than never,” and now a large majority of these funds will indeed be paid to employees not associated with the two franchises nor work directly for Glen Taylor. Nevertheless it is an extremely classy move that should *hopefully* provide a little peace of mind for some people during an extremely difficult time in this country.
We at Canis will continue to monitor everything going on in the world, and will continue to bring you as much Wolves-related #kahntent as we can create. In the meantime, please continue to quarantine and practice social distancing to the best of your abilities, and be sure to check in with friends and loved ones to ensure they are staying as upbeat as possible during these very difficult times.
Brighter days are indeed ahead.