Minneapolis, MN – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund surpassed the $500,000 milestone today in grants given to communities across the state to support initiatives to improve health and wellness for Minnesota’s kids. Today, the Legacy Fund awarded a $50,000 grant to Springboard for the Arts in Fergus Falls, Minnesota- the ninth grant that has been awarded since February when the MNSBHC kicked off its 52 Weeks of Giving campaign.
“Hosting Super Bowl LII is an opportunity to showcase everything we love about Minnesota, but more importantly, it’s our chance to leave a lasting legacy for the future of our state,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships for the MNSBHC Legacy Fund. “This campaign is focused on helping to fund health and wellness projects in 52 communities that will impact Minnesota’s children. It’s been inspiring to see great projects move forward in each community we have visited and we look forward to giving dozens more grants to help our children lead healthy and more active lives.”
For the first time ever, children born today have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. The MNSBHC Legacy Fund is working to make sure the Super Bowl leaves a lasting legacy, building a healthier, more active, life-changing future for all of Minnesota’s children. In the first nine weeks of the campaign, the MNSBHC has given grants ranging from $38,000 to $100,000 to nine different communities in Minnesota.
The grants are helping to fund a range of different projects and initiatives that will improve health and wellness for kids, from new playground equipment, to a community gardening program that will make nutritious food more accessible to children and families, to a bike fleet that will be used to train and educate elementary students on the benefits of healthy living.
In the next 43 weeks the MNSBHC Legacy Fund will continue its weekly grant giving, anticipating donating millions of dollars to Minnesota communities leading up to Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018.
A brief synopsis and link to more information on each of the MNSBHC Legacy Fund community grants that have been awarded to date, is below.
“We want communities across Minnesota to a feel a connection and share in the celebration when we host Super Bowl LII in 2018,” said Nelson. “We have logged thousands of miles heading to great communities across the state and we are just getting started!”
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.