Zach LaVine

Fun fact about Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine: He studied American Sign Language in high school and uses it to talk to kids when volunteering at Minnesota's Metro Deaf School in St. Paul.

Another fun fact: LaVine has decided to use his 2016 Slam Dunk Champion winnings -- a cool $10,000 -- as a gift to the school.

Zach LaVine

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, LaVine gave the money to help fund the construction of a kitchen at the school, which previously didn't have facilities to cook food for the students

While the kitchen isn't completed, LaVine's gift sped up the construction process and allowed for a partial opening that features a dishwasher, new cabinets, a relocated sink and milk cooler, and hookups to add an oven in the future.

"Lunch was my favorite part at school," LaVine told the Star Tribune. "Lunchtime and recess, that was a big part for me growing up. I think it's important for kids to have that."

LaVine has visited the school on several different occasions, playing basketball with kids and participating in school-wide reading initiatives.

It's a great gesture from LaVine, but what kids will surely value most is the time the Wolves player has spent with them -- and done so away from the spotlight, too.

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