Life Time, Chanhassen, Minnesota, celebrated its founding partnership with the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves during halftime of the Timberwolves' Jan. 4 game against the Orlando Magic. The presentation included a commemoration of the Timberwolves' recent $10,000 donation to the Life Time Foundation, which aims to provide school children with healthy food options through customized grants.
"I am incredibly proud of the strong relationship we have had with the Timberwolves organization and pleased to be a founding partner," Life Time CEO Bahram Akradi said in a Jan. 4 media release. "I'm also appreciative of the work our organizations are doing collectively to improve the health and wellness of our communities and, in particular, to help children live healthy, active and happy lives."
The halftime presentation at the Target Center featured Akradi, Timberwolves CEO Ethan Casson and two members of the Life Time Foundation' board of directors, Emily Akradi and Brittany Regar.
"Life Time has been a phenomenal partner to the Timberwolves and our Twin Cities community for many years," Casson said in the release. "We are thrilled to partner with Twin Cities organizations that help improve children's health, strengthen our communities and work alongside us to empower youth."
The relationship between Life Time and the Timberwolves began in 2006 when Life Time opened its health club in the Target Center's lower level. Since then, Life Time has sponsored the Timberwolves through promotional events, training the Timberwolves' dance team and completing an $18 million renovation of its Target Center club as part of the arena's overall renovation project that lasted from 2015 to 2017. Life Time is also the namesake sponsor of the arena's Life Time Lobby.
The Life Time Foundation will serve more than 300,000 students across 544 schools in 2019, according to the release. Of these schools, 98 are Minnesota school districts, including Minneapolis Public Schools, Minnetonka Public Schools, Fridley Public Schools, Brooklyn Center Community Schools, Inver Grove Heights Schools and South St. Paul Schools.
Life Time ranked second on Club Industry's Top 100 Health Clubs of 2018 list with an estimated $1.55 billion in 2017 revenue.