Ronny Unveils His First Empowerment Center

In a small celebration yesterday in South Los Angeles, Ronny Turiaf and select guests celebrated the unveiling of the first Empowerment Center of the Ronny Turiaf Heart to Heart Foundation.    Ronny was joined by distinguished guests including Marquecce Harris-Dawson (President and CEO of Community Coalition), Lawrence Jackson, Nicole Jones (Chair, American Heart Association – Los Angeles Division), Sasha Vujacic, Rene Williams (Director of Global Marketing – Heartsine), Ryan Hollins, and Luke Walton

The unique center, located at the Community Coalition, aims to be a place where kids, teens and young adults can go to engage in positive activities, learn leadership skills, study, and learn about healthy living, nutrition and heart health.  The center will encourage kids and teens to interact with one another and create relationships that are free of racism and discrimination.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Unveil Empowerment Center

On Wednesday, June 25th, former Laker and current Minnesota Timberwolves, Ronny Turiaf, through his Heart to Heart Foundation, will unveil a local Empowerment Center at the Community Coalition Center in South Los Angeles.

 Ronny Turiaf through his Heart to Heart Foundation is committed to creating a platform for the success of others. He understands the value of being a professional athlete and responsibility that comes with it. As such, he is committed to not only giving back to the community but also creating a legacy that carries on and inspires others. He has made a commitment to create a number of Empowerment Centers and is excited to reveal the very first one in Los Angeles. There will be two more opened up this year.

The goal is to create a place where kids, teens and young adults can go to engage in positive activities, learn leadership skills, study, and learn about healthy living, nutrition and heart health. This center is a place where we are encouraging kids and teens to interact with one another and create relationships that are free of racism and discrimination. We are making an effort to educate and end the ignorance of racism.

The Ribbon Cutting & Program will begin at 11:00am at 8101 S. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90044. Emceed by VH1 Actress & Celebrity Host Jessica Kinni, there will be a number of guest speakers including a representative from the Community Coalition, the American Heart Association, & Ronny Turiaf. With students and teens in attendance, Ronny will speak about his journey as well as his faith in believing in your dreams. By pouring into our youth we are creating leaders of tomorrow.

Basketball without Borders Asia

Ronny Turiaf traveled to Taipei this past week for Basketball without Borders – Asia. He was joined by Nicolas Batum (Portland Trail Blazers), John Salmons (Toronto Raptors), and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Bobcats). Eight-time NBA All-Star Yao Ming made a one-day appearance.

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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.

Read the full story on NBA.com.

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.

STUDIIYO23 Meet and Greet

Ronny enjoyed hanging out with new friends at the STUDIIYO23 meet greet this week in Minneapolis.  Check out the photo gallery here.