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Wild Foundation Announces $1,047,500 in Giving During 2016-17 Season

Wild Idea grant program recipients also released Wednesday

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

ST. PAUL -- The National Hockey League's (NHL) Minnesota Wild announced today that the Minnesota Wild Foundation distributed a total $1,047,500 through grants and Split the Pot Raffle proceeds to local charities during the 2016-17 season, the highest amount in the foundation's eight-year history.

"The Minnesota Wild Foundation is proud of the positive impact it makes supporting so many fantastic local community programs, charities and youth hockey associations each season," said Pamela Wheelock, board chair of the Minnesota Wild Foundation. "It is a privilege to continue to help children and families in our community while growing the game of hockey."

Minnesota Wild Foundation Giving Highlights

$425,000 in grants directed to hockey organizations in the State of Hockey including:

  • An $80,000 grant that will be paid out over two years to DinoMights to support the expansion of their program into the TRIA Rink in downtown Saint Paul. 
  • A total of 46 Minnesota youth hockey associations raised money for their association through game program sales and four St. Paul youth hockey associations received money from the Prairie Island Indian Community program sales match program.
  • $30,000 in grants to organizations in the Des Moines community on behalf of the Iowa Wild.
  • The Wild Foundation is also the largest nonmember funding source for Minnesota Hockey.

$380,500 in raffle proceeds were donated to local charities during the 2016-17 season from the Minnesota Wild Foundation's Split the Pot Raffle Program. Since its inception in 2009, $1.5 million has been given to local charities from the Minnesota Wild Foundation Split the Pot Raffle Program.

$242,000 in grants directed to children's medical related charities across the state including:

  • $150,000 to Children's Hospitals and Clinics
  • $25,000 to Crescent Cove children's hospice and respite care facility
  • $21,000 to other organizations

The Minnesota Wild Foundation is pleased to announce as part of this giving, that six local charities were selected as recipients of the "Wild Idea Grant Program." The non-profit programs will receive $110,500 in total, awarded as one-time grants to local charities that help support the Minnesota Wild Foundation's mission to support and grow the game of hockey across the state and improve the lives of families in the State of Hockey.

Video: Wild Announces 2017 Wild Idea Grant Recipients

Recipients were announced throughout the day Wednesday on the Minnesota Wild's Twitter and Facebook Pages. Submissions were accepted via online application from September-November 2016. Special consideration was given to organizations that provide gear and equipment for hockey programs and those that provide services to families that have a child battling a serious illness or disease. 

2016-17 Wild Idea Grant Program recipients

Minnesota Special Hockey is an adapted ice hockey program for players of all ages with developmental disabilities. Minnesota Special Hockey exists to enrich the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities through increasing their personal development and self-confidence on and off the ice. The vision of Minnesota Special Hockey is to make organized ice hockey available to every Minnesotan with a developmental disability. Minnesota Special Hockey received a $30,000 Wild Idea grant to support the expansion of four new teams across Minnesota. For more information about Minnesota Special hockey visit

United Heroes League keeps military kids healthy and active through sports while their parents are serving our nation. United Heroes League's goal is to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to play sports. United Heroes League provides free equipment, access to some of the finest camps across the nation, grants to help cover the expensive association fees, as well as tickets to collegiate, minor and professional league sporting events, courtesy of our generous player and team partners to military families before and after deployment. United Heroes League received a $30,000 Wild Idea Grant to support youth hockey players across Minnesota with their Military Youth Scholarship Program. For more information visit

Herb Brooks Foundation's mission is to grow the game of hockey, to give kids a positive experience in the game and to learn life lessons. The Herb Brooks Foundation received an $18,000 Wild Idea grant to support their summer sessions for Learn to Skate/Beginning Hockey and Power Skating programs in Minneapolis and St. Paul. For more information visit

Faith's Lodge supports parents and families coping with the death or medically complex condition of a child in a peaceful environment to reflect on the past, renew strength for the present, and build hope for the future. Faith's Lodge received a $15,000 Wild Idea grant to support their Medically Complex programming. This program supports a four night stay for parents, their child battling a serious illness, and any additional siblings. Programming includes food, professional services, therapeutic arts & crafts, supplies and accommodations. For more information visit

HopeKids provides ongoing events, activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or other life-threatening medical condition. HopeKids surrounds these remarkable children and their families with the message that hope can be a powerful medicine. HopeKids received a $10,000 Wild Idea grant to support its HopeCommunity Event Grant program for HopeKids families. For more information visit

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare provides specialized health care for people who have short-term or long-term disabilities that began during childhood. Gillette Children's helps children, adults and their families improve their health, achieve greater well-being and enjoy life. Gillette Children's received a $7,500 Wild Idea grant to support and grow their Community Integration Program which serves children and teens who suffer brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injuries. For more information visit

About the Minnesota Wild Foundation

The Minnesota Wild Foundation exists to support the game of hockey and improve the lives of families in the State of Hockey. Since its inception in 2000, the Minnesota Wild has invested more than $14 million dollars back into the community through donations and service. With help from Wild players, the Minnesota Wild Foundation supports pediatric medical causes, serves as the largest non-member funding source for Minnesota Hockey, and provides fundraising opportunities for youth hockey associations across the state. For more, visit

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