Area kids meet their heroes

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ROCHESTER, MN — Pro athletes can play a big role in kids’ lives.

From playing sports, to being on TV every night, they can sometimes be a child’s hero.

And today, some kids in Rochester got to meet athletes they look up to.

Players from the Minnesota Timberwolves were in town for a basketball clinic.

Rochester YMCA leaders say these clinics can create change in children’s life.

“You know they were meeting college players and professional players at a clinic like this and you meet people like that,” Executive Director and CEO Steve Courts of the Rochester YMCA said. “It can create a spark that wasn’t maybe there before. And who knows where that spark can lead you. So, today is about creating sparks.”

He says it shows the kids these athletes are real and just like them.

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