Ronny’s First Day in Minnesota

Ronny spent his first day in Minnesota doing what he loves — putting smiles on kids faces.   In support of the Ronald McDonald House and the Ronny Turiaf Heart to Heart Foundation, Ronny took some time this morning to shoot hoops with the children of the Ronald McDonald House as he talked to them about the importance or persevering through difficult circumstances and never giving up on their dreams.  The kids also joined Ronny on stage as he made his first appearance before the media in Minnesota.

TIMBERWOLVES CENTER RONNY TURIAF TO “PAINT THE TOWN”

New Timberwolves center Ronny Turiaf will spend his first day in Minnesota where he has devoted countless hours during his NBA career – in the community. Turiaf, known as one of the NBA’s biggest community ambassadors and charitable contributors, will host a number of events this Wednesday, September 18 when he “Paints the Town” in support of the Ronald McDonald House and the Ronny Turiaf Heart to Heart Foundation.
“I can’t wait to spend the day doing what I love – putting smiles on kids faces,” said Turiaf. “Community outreach has always been a passion of mine and something I take very seriously. I am excited to meet the wonderful people of the Twin Cities and look forward to sharing the day with a number of very special and deserving children.”

Dedicated to utilizing his NBA career to make an impact in the community and beyond, Turiaf’s charitable work has included Passion in Action, Camp Harmony, The Ronny Turiaf Heart to Heart Foundation, various Heart Health Awareness Initiatives and a number of other community centered outreach programs.

In August of 2009, Turiaf started the Heart to Heart Foundation to spread heart health awareness and education to underprivileged children and families. The Foundation seeks to provide community classrooms with defibrillators and educational materials on the importance of heart health awareness as well as providing funding for early detection tests. The NBA named Turiaf the recipient of the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for February of 2010 in recognition of his outstanding efforts in the community and for his ongoing philanthropic and charitable work.

View the full press release here.

Camp Harmony

Ronny Turiaf and actress and model, Jessica Kinni, teamed up for a day of inspiration with the enthusiastic campers of Camp Harmony in Malibu.   The duo took some time to share from their hearts the importance of following dreams and persevering even through the most trying of circumstances.  The young listeners eagerly embraced Ronny and Jessica, engaging the pair in questions and conversation regarding their respective careers, lives, and paths to success.   The occasion was part of Camp Harmony’s mentoring program, a vital component to United in Harmony’s mission to provide homeless and impoverished children with hope and opportunities to develop positive self-esteem through interactions with teenage and adult role models.

Ronny Turiaf teams up with Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton

Ronny decided to spice up his off-season training by teaming up with former WBO and IBA World Champion, Ana Julaton.   Julaton, aptly nicknamed, “The Hurricane,” is in heavy training for her upcoming fight against up-and-comer, Celina Salazar which takes place in Cancun later this month.  The Filipino took some time out of her busy training schedule to work with Ronny.   Turiaf and his IVC Global Management team flew into watch her train, and Julaton invited Turiaf to the ring for some boxing workouts.

Feeling confident heading towards her next big fight, Julaton commented, “I had Ronny do some Boxing workouts so he can feel what it’s like first hand. Ronny said he’ll be coming to watch my fight in Cancun on August 17th.  

Ronny and the IVC Team will be Cancun-bound for the face off.  The fight will be televised both in the US and Mexico via Fox Sports and Television and Fox Deportes, respectively.

Chris Ben-Tchavtchavadze, Ana Julaton, and Ronny Turiaf

Ana Julaton, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, and Ronny Turiaf

Turiaf Dons Number 32 in Honor of His Bond with Fred Hoiberg


Ronny Turiaf and Fred Hoiberg share a common history that few would envy – an aortic aneurism.  The two NBA players both overcame surgery and the painful recovery process just four weeks apart in the summer of 2005.   When Hoiberg, who was the first of the two to discover his health condition, saw the news of Turiaf’s impending surgery, he called the fellow player to offer encouragement and help Ronny through the difficult process.   Over the course of the coming months, in Ronny’s own words, Hoiberg became almost a father figure.   Hoiberg was there through every step of Ronny’s surgery and recovery process.

“He told me what would happen right ahead of me,” said Turiaf. “Anytime I had a question, he was there for moral support.”

In honor of the special bond that the two share and the support Hoiberg offered Ronny during a difficult time, Ronny chose to wear the number 32, Hoiberg’s number, as he heads into his first season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

When asked about the news, Hoiberg commented, “I was honored . . . It’s great to see him out there. I’m honored he’ll wear that number.”

Read the full story at NBA.com

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Passion in Action: Martinique

Ronny Turiaf returned to Martinique again this July for his Community Outreach Program, Passion in Action.    His week long visit was spent with children and families as part of the program’s mission to utilize basketball and other life skill programs to educate the underprivileged youth of Martinique and surrounding regions.   The program extends beyond the basketball court by providing medical treatment and community development.   Throughout the week, Ronny visited local medical facilities to visit patients, play with the children, and offer an encouraging word to parents and families.

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Ronny Turiaf Joins the Fight Against Child Abuse

Ronny Turiaf and fellow athletes Chris Bosh, Chris Paul, Lawrence Jackson, and Kevin Love join forces with Ties.com and Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA) to present Ties for a Cause.

The campaign seeks to raise funds for PCAA’s vital cause to protect children from abuse. The athletes put on their creative caps and worked with Ties.com to design neckwear reflecting their unique fashion sense. The one-of-a-kind ties will be sold throughout the month of April to raise funds for PCAA.

“Any organization that commits to protecting and improving the rights of children is one that I am proud to be associated with,” said Turiaf. “I’m very passionate about fashion, so for me to get involved in this particular project with Ties.com, was a no-brainer.”

Check out Ties for a Cause in the press. And be sure to buy your tie before they are gone!

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About Prevent Child Abuse America

Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972 in Chicago, works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide. The organization promotes that vision through a network of chapters in 49 states and over 400 Healthy Families America, home visitation sites in 37 states, the Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada. A major organizational focus is to advocate for the existence of a national policy framework and strategy for children and families while promoting evidence-based practices that prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring. To learn more about what we’re doing to prevent child abuse and neglect and how you can help, please visit our websites, preventchildabuse.org and healthyfamiliesamerica.org.