Tuesday night's game had an added meaning for Wolves forward Kevin Love.

It was Hoops for St. Jude night at Fed- ExForum, the home of the Memphis Grizzlies. It is a program in which several NBA players and coaches participate. And it is designed to raise awareness and funds for the Memphis-based St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which treats children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Love, who visited the hospital for the first time as a rookie, became a founding ambassador for the program. Love has donated time, money and memorabilia to the cause. He also has made some lifelong friends.

His relationship with St. Jude began when he met Dylan Witschen, a boy from Minnesota who was being treated at St. Jude. Later that season, Love got to know Dylan and his family, inviting them to a Wolves game. Witschen died June 8, 2010. But Love's connection to St. Jude -- and to the Witschen family -- remains strong. Indeed, Love said at Tuesday's pregame shoot that he had exchanged e-mails with the family as recently as Monday night.