Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love Shows Love to Community

By Connor Muldowney
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sport

The Minnesota Timberwolves‘ talented power forward Kevin Love has a last name that seems quite fitting these days. Love is set to receive the Kia Community Assist Award for December for the work he has done in the Minnesota area around the community.

The NBA recently announced he would receive the award because of his annual coat drive that has been successful for the five years that he has done it.  He collected more than 2,500 coats from November to early December that funded the Salvation Army in downtown Minneapolis.

Love’s community work didn’t stop there as he also volunteered to help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He will receive the Community Assist award at an upcoming T-Wolves game at home where Love will be honored with a $10,000 donation to St. Jude’s on the 24-year-old’s behalf.

Love was honored to be chosen for such an award:

“It’s a privilege to be able to help people throughout the Twin Cities get a warm coat for the winter. I want to personally thank all of our great Timberwolves fans that donated a record number of coats for this year’s drive. Without the fans’ involvement and participation, none of this would be possible.”

It’s not often you see a successful athlete be so generous within his community, and that’s just what the two-time All-Star has been. More athletes need to take  notice of this award and want to do the same as Love.

This is a strong example of an athlete also realizing that he is a role model and acting upon it.

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