ST. CLOUD, MN – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund today awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota with a $50,000 grant to help fund the Move Mobile – Activity on the Go project. 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.
Move Mobile – Activity on the Go is an initiative from the Boys & Girls Club to increase physical activity, reinforce healthy lifestyles and provide more options to youth in Central Minnesota. The project is centered on the Mobile Move trailer, a colorful trailer that will be loaded up with equipment for physical activity and games for youth. Owned by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota, the trailer will travel to three Boys & Girls Clubs and 15 KIDSTOP sites, potentially reaching over 5,000 children.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota held an event today to celebrate the donation. At the commemoration, St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis spoke to local youth in attendance about the importance of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. Children from St. Cloud got to experience games and activities that are part of the mobile trailer for the first time.
“We want to encourage all children to get at least an hour of physical activity every day,” said Tom Wicks, Director of Operations, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota. “Many of the children we serve might not have access to recreational equipment at home, so we want to provide them with quality opportunities and equipment at the Club.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota will collaborate with the Stearns County Human Services Public Health Division for physical activity ideas to add to the Mobile Move trailer. The organization will also coordinate with the schools that have KIDSTOP sites in Central Minnesota. The trailer will visit schools in the St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids and ROCORI school districts, as well as STRIDE Charter School and Athlos Academy.
“The Move Mobile – Activity on the Go is a fantastic initiative to encourage play and healthy lifestyles in youth from disadvantaged circumstances in Central Minnesota,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships for the MNSBHC Legacy Fund. “We are excited for the chance to help children in Central Minnesota gain more access to exercise and recreational activities.”
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