WORTHINGTON, MN – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund today awarded Nobles County Community Services with a $50,000 grant to purchase new sports equipment to enhance an ongoing project lead by the city at the multi-use fields at Buss Field in Worthington. The grant is part of the 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, 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.
Worthington is home to hundreds of different ethnic groups who regularly use Buss Field as a place to gather, watch and participate in community athletic leagues. The MNSBHC Legacy Fund grant will help pay for new sports equipment and amenities, as part of a broader renovation of Buss Field. The city-led project included renovation of three multi-use fields last fall to reduce flooding and improve the turf on the fields.
The city of Worthington, Nobles County Community Services, Mayor Pro Tem Larry Janssen and the MNSBHC Legacy Fund celebrated the grant dedication at an event today, where local children participated in football drills and games lead by former Minnesota Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson.
“This grant will help us provide better fields to our kids and will improve access to physical activities for all in our community,” said Cecilia Bofah, Community Wellness Partners coordinator. “We want our children to establish healthy habits and a big part of achieving that is by encouraging an active lifestyle. We are excited about this project because it will help give our children access to a clean, safe sports field where they can play.”
The project is a collaboration between the City of Worthington, Community Wellness Grant, Statewide Health Innovative Program and YMCA. All of these groups have a role in maintaining the field, providing sports equipment and organizing activities and sports for youth in the community. Once the project is complete, more families and communities are expected to use Buss Field for sports and recreation.
“The Nobles County Community Services and other organizations are working together to provide new sports equipment that will improve the health of many Minnesotans in this community,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships for the MNSBHC Legacy Fund. “We are thrilled to continue or 52 Weeks of Giving in Worthington and recognize the important work several local organizations are doing here to make sure children here have opportunity and access to fun and physical activity.”
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