Iowa Wolves, Principal and ArtForce Iowa collaborate on social justice jersey auction
The Iowa Wolves, the NBA G League franchise of the Minnesota Timberwolves, along with Principal and ArtForce Iowa, announced a collaboration to create and present unique player jerseys in celebration of the many diverse communities in Iowa, along with a jersey auction to benefit local nonprofits. The creation and design of the jerseys have been led by ArtForce Iowa, a local nonprofit with the mission to create opportunities for youths living on the margins through art. The community celebration jerseys designed by ArtForce Iowa youths will debut Monday, Feb. 14, during the Wolves game at Wells Fargo Arena, for an evening promoting Black History Month. Proceeds from the initial jersey auction will go to I’ll Make Me A World in Iowa: Iowa’s African American Festival. “The opportunity to create social justice-minded jerseys for the Iowa Wolves was an experience I know that so many of us in the ArtForce Iowa community will continue to treasure,” said Emma Parker, ArtForce Iowa program director. “Knowing that the voices and ideas from our community will be worn by the players and seen by the greater community is truly an honor.” Additional celebration jersey nights scheduled include: Asian American Pacific Islander Celebration Night, Feb. 23; Women’s History Celebration Night, March 16; and Hispanic Heritage Celebration Night, March 29. Each game will include opportunities to win the jerseys in an auction benefiting local nonprofits. Tickets to the games can be purchased on the Iowa Wolves website. A recent dsm Magazine article about ArtForce Iowa can be found at this link.