By Mark Remme

Scott Casanova of Hope for the City had never been to Taste of the Timberwolves before. Braving the snow and making the trek from Eagan to Target Center on a snowy Thursday night, Casanova was most excited to take part in the festivities because his son was not only able to meet some of the Wolves players but do so alongside a youth basketball friend of his.

From what he could tell, it was a success from the start.

“They’re having a great time,” Casanova said, joking: “I can’t even find them.”

The reason for the free mobility is simple: The 19th annual Taste of the Timberwolves allowed fans the opportunity to roam freely throughout the Target Center floor, tasting fare from top restaurants around the Twin Cities while meeting players, getting autographs and snapping pictures. Taste, which is the signature fundraising event for the FastBreak Foundation, helps fuel the organization’s ability to help underprivileged kids throughout the year.

Not only does Taste of the Timberwolves allow fans of all ages the ability to meet their favorite players away from the typical basketball setting, but it helps bolster the team’s community involvement for 12 months.

It’s a night those who are able to attend will not soon forget.

“It isn’t just for the children fans, it’s for the adult fans, too,” said Nancy McCabe of the Roger & Nancy McCabe Foundation, a longtime partner of the FastBreak Foundation. “You can see them, and it’s the same setting. Their hair is down, they are more themselves. It’s just a nice way to ask them questions and have your picture taken with them. It really is.”

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