Karl-Anthony Towns delivers surprise gift to community superhero: 'He's done so many amazing things'

With the whole of his 7-foot, 250-pound frame packed into an airline seat, Minnesota Timberwolves huge male Karl-Anthony Towns merely can’t stop fidgeting. Nerves, enjoyment, anticipation — you call it, he’s running the complete range of feelings.

But Towns isn’t on his method to a championship game or training school with a Timberwolves group poised to make a substantial leap in the Western Conference. Joy and interest swirl through his veins as he’s making the 2,000-mile journey from Los Angeles to Fort Wayne, Indiana (with a coincidental stopover in Minneapolis) — all so he can provide a present to a male he’s never ever satisfied.

“I just feel like my calling in life is to serve others and be able to be as unselfish as possible, so that’s just naturally who I am,” Towns informed CBS Sports. “I just love helping people. It’s really one of my truest passions in life.”

Towns took a trip to Fort Wayne to commemorate Eric Wood, a neighborhood superhero who arranges a group of over 1,000 volunteers throughout the Fort Wayne location that assists look after the requirements of their next-door neighbors — whatever from cutting yards to home repair work to securing the garbage. Because of his service, Wood was acknowledged as part of Good Neighbor Month, a joint effort from State Farm and Disney running throughout September to motivate individuals to “take action in their communities, unite neighborhoods and spotlight those making a positive impact.”

In front of lots of members of the neighborhood, Towns and State Farm provided Wood with his own personalized Marvel superhero comics cover, together with a journey for his whole household to Disney California Adventure Park. Towns likewise handed him a check from State Farm for $10,000, to be contributed to the charity of Wood’s picking.


Courtesy of State Farm and Disney

“There’s so much bad in the world and, you know, I wish there would be more showing the good that the world has,” Towns stated. “I’m just very blessed that State Farm and Disney gave me a chance to show some of the good out there. …  I was so excited to get to Fort Wayne and be able to see Eric and be able to give him the moment that he deserves. He’s done so many amazing things in his community. He truly is the definition of a good neighbor.”

For Towns, this is absolutely nothing brand-new. His desire to see others prosper has actually been instilled in him considering that he was a kid. It rollovers from his individual life onto the basketball court, where he practices what he calls “servant leadership,” attempting to establish others for success prior to himself.

“I find more joy in my life seeing people win than me winning,” Towns informed CBS Sports. “The most memorable moments of my life were when I was able to help someone win, get the moment they’ve been yearning for, they’ve been trying to get, or seeing one of my friends accomplish something that he’s been working really hard at. I’ve always found more enjoyment in my life in seeing those things.”

That’s why Towns flew out to belong of the event in Fort Wayne, and why he’ll continue to serve his neighborhood through companies like the World Federation of Youth Clubs, with whom he simply partnered. When inquired about the super-max extension he signed with the Wolves over the summer season that ensures him almost a quarter of a billion dollars, Towns didn’t discuss all the important things he was going to purchase — rather he went over all the excellent that he might do with that sort of capital.

“I was always taught that love is the biggest currency I could have, so I never looked at money as something that was like, the be all — like the culmination of my success was how much money I made,” Towns informed CBS Sports. “I always looked at doing the best I can at my job, doing the best I can in my community, doing the best I can for the world and my future kids and setting them up for success.”

As for Wood, he’s not going to stop serving his neighborhood whenever quickly, and he hopes that his actions have the ability to influence others to break down whatever barriers may be separating them.

“I think being a good neighbor has the potential to change the climate of our country,” Wood stated. “It’s being willing to knock on a door, to see who’s home and what’s going on — to make sure someone’s OK.”



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