Minnesota Host Committee Matches Grant for Total of More than $5.5 Million
NFL and Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Executives Presented 52nd and Final Grant of 52 Weeks of Giving Campaign to Anwatin Middle School
The Super Bowl leaves an impact long after the final whistle. As it does each year, the NFL seeks to improve the surrounding communities of the Super Bowl host city with a financial donation and community engagement. This year, the NFL Foundation provided a $1 million grant to the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee’s Legacy Fund to support charitable projects and health and wellness programs throughout the greater Minnesota community. The Minnesota Host Committee matched the grant for a total of more than $5.5 million invested in communities across Minnesota.
NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL, Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee CEO MAUREEN BAUSCH, Minnesota Governor MARK DAYTON, U.S. Senator AMY KLOBUCHAR and Minnesota Vikings owner LENNY WILF gathered to recognize the recipients of this year’s Super Bowl Legacy Program Grants at Anwatin Middle School. As the final grant recipient in the Super Bowl Host Committee’s 52 Weeks of Giving Campaign, Anwatin Middle School received a $220,000 grant encompassing this year’s strategic areas of giving: fun, fuels and fundamentals.
The grant will help Anwatin upgrade its athletic field to support flag football and other sports and recreation activities and establish an indigenous garden at the school. Anwatin Middle School students also participated in a flag football clinic led by Minnesota Vikings Legend EJ HENDERSON and received Character Playbook, the NFL and United Way’s digital character education program powered by digital learning innovator EverFi, that helps middle school students learn how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships.
“The Super Bowl represents much more than just the game. Each year, the NFL makes lasting changes in the communities of the Super Bowl host region,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “The Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program enables us to help address the specific needs in this area and leave an impact the league and the community can be proud of long after the game is over. We are honored to work with the Host Committee to improve the health and wellness of Minnesota’s children.”
A list of Super Bowl Legacy Grant recipients and the projects being funded by the NFL Foundation’s $1 million grant contribution can be found here.
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 Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund: The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund is a 501(c)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.
Ana Blinder, NFL