RED LAKE, MN – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund awarded the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians with a $100,000 grant to build outdoor recreation areas in each of four communities that make up the Red Lake Reservation.
The grant dollars will help build a playground, basketball court, and a picnic area for children and families to meet and gather in each community. The outdoor recreation space will also provide a safe place for young people to play, an option many do not currently have – some children even play in areas near busy roads and highways. The new outdoor spaces will include equipment and fixtures that encourage multi-generational recreation and promote socialization and fitness for all ages.
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.
“The Red Lake Comprehensive Health Services wants to promote healthy lifestyles for children and a place where the children can have fun,” said Oran Beaulieu, Tribal Health Director, Red Lake Comprehensive Health Services. “This grant will have a significant impact. Many kids will for the first time have access to safe play spaces, and our communities will have a place to come together. Basketball is very popular in the community, so the courts in particular will encourage many to be more active.”
The Red Lake Comprehensive Health Services Maintenance staff will provide upkeep for the playground equipment to make sure it remains a safe place.
“Leaders of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians recognized a need for play areas and community gathering spaces for kids in their community,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships for the MNSBHC Legacy Fund. “We are proud to be a partner in providing resources needed to help kids stay active and engage with neighbors and the community. These new play spaces help kids in Red Lake build the kind of healthy habits that are critical to long-term wellness.”
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