ST. PAUL -- The National Hockey League's (NHL) Minnesota Wild today announced defenseman Matt Dumba will match $5,000 in donations made to Athletes Committed to Educating Students (ACES) during Give to the Max Day.
Dumba joined ACES as a player representative in 2016. As part of his role as a player representative, Dumba leads educational efforts on behalf of the Minnesota Wild and serves as a role model for ACES' 900 students in the Twin Cities. Give to the Max Day, a state-wide, once-a-year celebration to encourage donations to community organizations that make Minnesota a better place, takes place today, Nov. 14.
The sole mission of ACES is to help reduce the academic achievement gap in the Twin Cities and improve the likelihood of success for underserved students. The ACES program provides intentional, project-based curriculum and learning experiences utilizing sports, math, and social-emotional learning for low-income students in grades 4-8 in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Founded in 1994, ACES has served over 5,000 youth throughout the Twin Cities. ACES will run programs before-school, after-school, and during the summer, providing an extra academic boost to the students that need it most. ACES participants have higher high school attendance rates, higher reading proficiency scores, higher graduation rates, including on-time graduation, and better school engagement.