MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund and Target today awarded a $300,000 grant to People’s Center Clinic & Services, a nationally recognized network of community health clinics. The grant, provided by Target, transformed a gymnasium into The Wellness Hub located in the Cedar-Riverside clinic.
The grant is part of the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program, which is made possible each year by a $1 million contribution courtesy of the NFL Foundation and is complemented by the Super Bowl Host Committee. Through its 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, the MNSBHC has launched a year-long effort to make Super Bowl LII a statewide event by awarding 52 communities with grants that will help improve the health and wellness of young people in Minnesota.
For nearly 50 years, the People’s Center Clinic & Services has been a trusted provider of high-quality, affordable health care for patients of all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, regardless of ability to pay. A Federally Qualified Health Center, People’s Center offers integrated medical, dental, behavioral health and physical therapy clinics, as well as supportive services such as health insurance navigation, interpreter services, patient education, care coordination and legal aid services.
The new Wellness Hub will provide the greater Cedar Riverside community with health and wellness classes and programs for girls, women and families, including yoga, Zumba, massage, diabetes testing and management, and cooking classes.
“What was an old gymnasium has been remade into a bright, inviting space for health and wellness. Resources that will improve lives and transform the community will be accessible to many who’ve faced significant barriers to good health in the past,” said Sahra Noor, CEO, People’s Center Clinic & Services. “Target has been an extraordinary partner, and we are incredibly grateful to receive this grant from them, and to be part of the 52 Weeks of Giving campaign.”
“There’s an enormous amount of excitement building with the Super Bowl coming to Minneapolis in a few weeks, which also presents an opportunity to create a positive, lasting impact on the community,” said William White, senior vice president of marketing at Target. “As a local company, and given our long history in investing in the communities we serve, Target is thrilled to play a role in bringing the new Wellness Hub at the People’s Center Clinic & Services to life.”
At today’s grant celebration, the MNSBHC surprised two community leaders with tickets to attend Super Bowl LII! Fartun Osman and Muna Mohamed are active mentors in the Cedar-Riverside community and positive role models for young people – especially young women. Fartun was a national basketball star in Somalia. Muna was born and raised in Cedar-Riverside, graduated from Augsburg is now a graduate student at the University of Minnesota studying exercise science. She has been coaching youth at Brian Coyle Center since she was in high school.
The host committee and community leaders mutually recognized these women as examples for girls, women and the whole Cedar-Riverside community in living active, healthy lives.
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, Target and People’s Center Clinic & Services staff also celebrated the MNSBHC Legacy Fund and opening of the Wellness Hub at an open house today. The event included fitness class demonstrations, food from Jambo! Kitchen and wellness giveaways including stress balls and jump ropes.
“The People’s Center Clinic is an important provider of health and wellness services to kids and families in this community,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships, MNSBHC. “We are thrilled to partner with them to improve this facility and expand critical health services that will benefit many future generations in this community.”
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee is a private, non-profit corporation formed to plan and execute Super Bowl LII. For more information visit www.mnsuperbowl.com and follow @mnsuperbowl2018 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
About the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund is a 501©3, community advised fund of the Minnesota Community Foundation. Working in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health’s Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and based on the recommendations of SHIP’s community health boards, the Legacy Fund is providing 52 grants to 52 community projects across our state over the 52 weeks leading up to Super Bowl LII. The work of the Legacy Fund is made possible by Minnesota’s philanthropic community, including foundations, corporations, and individual donors who share our passion for improving the health and wellness of kids from every corner of our state. Its goal is to build awareness of, and invest in solutions for, a healthier generation of Minnesota kids across the state. Through its grant making and awareness initiatives, the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee's Legacy Fund will leverage this single event into a lifetime of good health for the next generation of Minnesotans. For more information on the MNSBHC’s Legacy Fund, including an introductory video, please visit www.mnsuperbowl.com/legacy.
About The NFL Foundation The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football, and the communities that support our game. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit: www.NFLFoundation.org.
About People’s Center Clinics & Services For nearly 50 years, the People’s Center Clinic & Services has been a trusted provider of high-quality, affordable health care for patients of all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, regardless of ability to pay. A Federally Qualified Health Center, People’s Center offers integrated medical, dental, behavioral health and physical therapy clinics, as well as supportive services such as health insurance navigation, interpreter services, patient education, care coordination and legal aid services. For more information, please visit peoples-center.org.
Photo credit to Steffenhagen Photography.