MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund today awarded a $50,000 grant to The Sanneh Foundation (TSF), a nonprofit that empowers holistic youth development by providing youth advancement programs focused on education, health and community well-being within the Twin Cities metro area, Central and Southeastern Minnesota. The grant will fund a project to makeover the Conway Community Center gym on Saint Paul’s East Side to increase safety and encourage greater youth physical activity.
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.
In 2014, TSF took over operating and maintaining the Conway Community Center on behalf of the City of Saint Paul, with the goal of providing diverse youth with high-quality programs and activities that are catalysts for positive development and enhance overall community well-being. An important component of executing this vision is encouraging healthy physical activity through access to sports by designing safe and welcoming built environments. TSF aims to increase physical activity among young people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds, income levels, genders and levels of skill and ability. The grant will replace the community center’s tile gym floor with wood flooring, install protective wall coverings and replace the nonfunctional electronic gym divider.
“Community centers like Conway are important for youth living in underserved and under-resourced neighborhoods because they give kids of all backgrounds a safe and welcoming place to gather and play,” said Tony Sanneh, Chief Executive Officer, The Sanneh Foundation. “We’re incredibly thankful to the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee for this grant, as it will enable us to better serve children in Saint Paul and surrounding communities.”
Representatives of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund, City of Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, TSF staff, community youth and partners in the project gathered today to celebrate the grant at a special dedication event. The event included a brief program followed by a hands-on activity for attending youth and adults, rotating through indoor sports stations and an outdoor obstacle course.
“When the Conway Community Center was in danger of shutting its doors, The Sanneh Foundation stepped up in a big way to make sure children in Saint Paul had a safe space to be active and play together,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships, MNSBHC. “We’re thrilled to be able to support TSF through our 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, and know the gym makeover will help TSF in its mission to provide high-quality programming to diverse youth populations.”
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 The Sanneh Foundation The Sanneh Foundation (TSF) is a Saint Paul, Minnesota based 501©3 serving the holistic youth development needs of the increasingly diverse Twin Cities metro area and Greater Minnesota. TSF’s mission is to empower youth by supporting and promoting educational attainment through in-school and after-school academic programming; improve lives by providing programs that strengthen physical health and social and emotional development; and unite communities by advancing diversity, equity, and community well-being.
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