Turiaf Continues To Give Back

Wolves center Ronny Turiaf has worked toward brightening the days of Twin Cities’ kids since his first day with the organization—literally. His introductory press conference as held at the Ronald McDonald House near the University of Minnesota campus, and later that day he held a special film screening for the moving Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

Helping young kids who are going through difficult medical conditions is near and dear to Turiaf. He’s been through it before. As a young athlete just drafted into the NBA out of Gonzaga, he underwent successful open heart surgery. As a result, he vowed to help others who are going through similar struggles—especially kids. That’s when he first introduced his own Heart 2 Heart Foundation.

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Ronny to Begin Internship with Olson Agency

Ronny is excited to begin an internship with Olson Engage, the PR, Social Media and Experiential Division at the Olson Agency.  The acclaimed agency has worked with clients such as MillerCoors, Kraft, PepsiCo, Wrigley and General Mills and has recently been named the 2014 Agency of the Year and the 2014 Creative Agency of the Year by PR Week and The Holmes report, respectively.   While attending an Olson Engage event — Dave Chappelle’s Pancakes for Charity, Ronny had a fortuitous conversation with some members of the Olson Engage team in which he expressed his passion for marketing.   He was soon offered an internship to work out of the agency’s Minneapolis offices.  Starting June 2, Ronny will focus on video production, the brainstorming process, PR writing, media event planning, paid media, and social media strategy.  He will work hands-on with Olson Engage clients, Discover Boating, Boston Scientific, and The Belize Tourism Board.  Follow Ronny’s journey on social media and here at ronnyturiaf.me  #RonnysBackpack.

 

Challenge for Children’s Charity Paintball Tournament

Every year hundreds of players participate in a mission-based Big Game at MN Pro Paintball to raise money for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Ronny rallied with the teams this year for a cause near and dear to his heart — fostering greater care and medical breakthroughs for children with heart trouble. The Charity was started by Matt Ames, a fellow surviver of several open heart surgeries. Matt was born with levo-transposition of the greater arteries a a single ventricle. Six years ago, he received his second pacemaker he decided he wanted to give back. As the owner of MN Pro Paintball, he created this Charity Paintball tournament which, to date, has raised over $270,000 for the Cardiac Unit at Children’s Hospital.

Careers in Sports Symposium at St. Mary’s College

 

On July 12, Ronny will join with sports industry professionals and athletes to take part in a panel at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA.

The first annual Careers in Sports Symposium is designed to educate high school and college students entering into the job market about potential careers in the sports industry.  The diverse panel aims to expose attendees to the various opportunities to break into the sports industry via both traditional and non-traditional access points.

To learn more or register for the Symposium, please visit St. Mary’s Web Site.

Ronny Goes to Facebook

 

On May 14th, Ronny traveled to Menlo Park, California to participate in an invitation-only Facebook Athlete Summit at the Facebook and Instagram Headquarters.  He was joined by a number of other professional athletes including Justin Tuck, Nate Burleson and Lamarr Houston for an exclusive first look at some of Facebook’s newest products.

 

 

Basketball Without Borders 2014 Schedule

NEW YORK, May 13, 2014 - The 2014 Basketball without Borders (BWB) schedule will feature first-time camps in Taipei, Taiwan and Rome, Italy, and will return to Johannesburg, South Africa, it was announced today by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). Basketball without Borders, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development program, has reached 1,700 campers from more than 120 countries, with 28 BWB campers drafted into the NBA.

BWB Europe will tip off the summer schedule from June 2 - 5 in Rome. Highlighting the camp will be three current Italian NBA players and former BWB campers: Danilo Gallinari (BWB 2003, Denver Nuggets), Andrea Bargnani (BWB 2003, New York Knicks), and Italian national team captain Gigi Datome (BWB 2003, Detroit Pistons). In addition, Brandon Knight (Milwaukee Bucks) and Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) will also participate. BWB Europe 2014 will bring together the top 50 players born in 1997 from more than 25 European countries. The camp was held previously in Treviso, Italy in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

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Basketball Without Borders 2014 Schedule

NEW YORK, May 13, 2014 - The 2014 Basketball without Borders (BWB) schedule will feature first-time camps in Taipei, Taiwan and Rome, Italy, and will return to Johannesburg, South Africa, it was announced today by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). Basketball without Borders, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development program, has reached 1,700 campers from more than 120 countries, with 28 BWB campers drafted into the NBA.

BWB Europe will tip off the summer schedule from June 2 - 5 in Rome. Highlighting the camp will be three current Italian NBA players and former BWB campers: Danilo Gallinari (BWB 2003, Denver Nuggets), Andrea Bargnani (BWB 2003, New York Knicks), and Italian national team captain Gigi Datome (BWB 2003, Detroit Pistons). In addition, Brandon Knight (Milwaukee Bucks) and Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) will also participate. BWB Europe 2014 will bring together the top 50 players born in 1997 from more than 25 European countries. The camp was held previously in Treviso, Italy in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

BWB Asia will tip off in Taipei from June 13 - 16. 2005 BWB camper Nicolas Batum (Portland Trail Blazers), John Salmons (Toronto Raptors), Ronny Turiaf (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Bobcats) will participate. Eight-time NBA All-Star Yao Ming will make a one-day appearance. BWB Asia 2014 will bring together the top 50 players born in 1996 or 1997 from more than 20 Asian and Oceanic countries.

BWB Africa will return to Johannesburg for the 11th time from August 5 - 8. The camp will be led by former All-Star Andrei Kirilenko (Brooklyn Nets) and Thabo Sefolosha (Oklahoma City Thunder), along with NBA head coaches Dwane Casey (Toronto Raptors), Brian Shaw (Denver Nuggets) and Jeff Hornacek (Phoenix Suns). BWB Africa 2014 will bring together the top 60 African players born in 1997 or 1998 from more than 20 African countries.

“Basketball without Borders helped me become the player and man I am today, both on and off the court,” said Gallinari. “Learning basketball and life skills from NBA players and coaches is a special opportunity that I greatly appreciated in 2003, and that I know this year’s campers will greatly appreciate. I look forward to bringing the amazing BWB program back to Italy with some of my fellow countrymen, and to coaching some of the most talented teenagers in Europe. I can’t wait to get started.”

Through NBA Cares, the league’s global social responsibility program, all three camps will include extensive community outreach efforts led by NBA players and coaches. Through grassroots basketball development, community service, and life skill seminars, BWB will focus on teaching the values of the game, including leadership, respect, character and health and wellness. In addition, donations of school supplies, clothing, books, games, basketball equipment and other necessities will be made to local community-based organizations.

Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will again outfit the campers and coaches of all three camps with Nike apparel and footwear.

Since its inception, the NBA and FIBA have staged 36 BWB camps in 21 cities across 18 countries on five continents. More than 150 different current and former NBA/WNBA players have joined nearly 140 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams.

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The NBA is a global sports and media business built around three professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League. The league has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on 6 continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2013-14 season featured a record 92 international players from 39 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, which is available in 60 million U.S. homes, and NBA.com, which set a record last year with more than 9.5 billion page views, with more than half of all visitors originating from outside of North America. The NBA is the No. 1 professional sports league on social media, with more than 600 million likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league and its teams and players have donated more than $230 million to charity, completed more than 2.8 million hours of hands-on community service, and created more than 860 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play.