A Fraternity of the Heart: Charlotte Observer Feature

There are but a few select NBA players that qualify to join the “Fraternity of the Heart”, as coined by Charlotte Observer writer, Jon Krawczynski.   While membership is not desirable — in order to qualify you must face open-heart surgery — once a member, the support of this brotherhood is difficult even to put in words.

“It’s definitely a brotherhood,” said Ronny Turiaf. “It’s something that’s hard to put into words. We don’t have to talk all the time. But when those instances happen, we talked, each and every one of us, some way, somehow, was linked with the other. And whenever we see each other, it’s like, we made it.”

Chris Wilcox, Etan Thomas, Fred Hoiberg, Ronny Turiaf, Jeff Green, Channing Frye all carry the signature mark of a the club — a zipper like scar on their chest.   As such, Hoiberg affectionately refers to the clan as the “Zipper Brothers”.   The growing group was recently featured in the Charlotte Observer.   Read the full article here.

Timberwolves FitMonth

In addition to being Heart Health Awareness month, the Minnesota Wolves have deemed February to be FitMonth.   Teammates Ronny Turiaf and Robbie Hummel took the mission to the community this past week when they participated in a fit clinic at the YMCA.  The two forwards led a group of enthusiastic children in fitness and health activities designed to share the benefits of exercise and the importance of being mentally and physically fit.

 

Ronny Encourages Kids with Heart Challenges

Ronny Turiaf hosted a group of children, each affected with their own heart health challenges, for an evening of professional basketball fun earlier this week as the Timberwolves took to the court for a regular season game. In Ronny’s own words, “This February, it’s very important for me to give back for Heart month. We have kids. . . who basically all of them underwent some or are going through some heart problems, so it’s definitely important for me to invite them and show them that I underwent some heart problems and I am here healthy, ready to go, playing in the NBA, so I am just trying to give them some kind of encouragement. . . ”  The kids and their parents enjoyed a great evening of basketball topped off by a meet and greet with Ronny himself.

 

Crave Online Interviews Ronnny

 

Read the full interview here.

2013 Media Day Interview

Ronny’s LockerDome Contest Winner

LockerDome Contest Winner, Dave Yankowiak, and His Daughter

 

Dave Yankowiak was the lucky winner of Ronny’s LockerDome Contest, earning 2 tickets to see Ronny play November 1st as the Minnesota Timberwolves faced off against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Dave and his daughter had such a great time they sent a thank you video to Ronny. Check it out!

 

Young and Reckless

Having a little off-season fun, Ronny took a tour of the Young and Reckless and FiveFour Clothing offices and came away with a few of his favorite items. Rob Karger (Sport Marketing Manager for Young and Reckless) and Sameer Mehta (VP of Business Development for FiveFour Clothing) got Ronny dressed in style, just in time for back-to-school.