The Minnesota Wild Foundation is pleased to announce a $25,000 one-time grant to DinoMights to support their Greg Carroll Learn 2 Skate program. The grant will be paid out over the next two years and will be used to further develop the organization’s internship program, classroom curriculum integration, funding ice time, technology upgrades, transportation costs and scholarships as they relate to the Learn 2 Skate program.
Greg Carroll Learn 2 Skate is a collaborative effort between DinoMights and two local elementary schools - Green Central and Andersen Schools. DinoMights teaches all the first graders from these two schools how to ice skate over the course of six weeks each spring. DinoMights provides all the ice time, instructors and equipment. The aim of the program is not only to increase hockey participation, but to introduce hockey to new groups of players.
The skating lessons are taught by highly qualified skating instructors including DinoMights staff members, DinoMights volunteers, and special guest instructors including local high school hockey coaches, U of M Gopher hockey players and current DinoMights participants that are in 4th through 12th grade.
DinoMights’ mission is “to equip our urban youth to develop physical, academic, social and spiritual excellence.” The philosophy of DinoMights is centered on whole life impact and long-term relationships with diverse youth possessing significant unmet needs in the Central, Powderhorn, and Phillips neighborhoods of South Minneapolis. This innovative approach engages students in the community from their early childhood/elementary years through high school graduation, and provides them with the opportunities they need to become self-assured, competent adults. DinoMights is a powerful combination of traditional enrichment through recreation and intentional strategies that respond to children’s unique developmental and academic needs. Using hockey as an incentive, DinoMights provides academic tutoring, mentoring, computer instruction, studies, camping, community service, and various other faith- based activities that help fulfill the mission.
The Minnesota Wild Foundation exists to support the game of hockey and to improve the lives of families in the State of Hockey.
“The Minnesota Wild Foundation is very proud to provide funding to the DinoMights Learn 2 Skate program,” said Rachel Schuldt, Minnesota Wild Foundation’s Executive Director. “Teaching kids to skate is a key piece in introducing kids to hockey and developing a love for the game. Learning to skate can be challenging but thanks to the incredible support from DinoMights, the first graders from Green Central and Andersen Schools are getting instruction in a fun environment filled with encouragement and guidance from DinoMights instructors and their peers. Our hope is that they are delighted by this first experience with skating and become DinoMights youth hockey players and lifelong hockey lovers.”
“The Minnesota Wild and the Wild Foundation have been a tremendous force in making possible life guiding opportunities for hundreds of young people at DinoMights,” said Scott Harman, Executive Director of DinoMights. “We are honored to be partnered with the Wild, even before the Wild played their first game. This grant continues that long partnership and allows us to take our efforts to the next level. We are also so pleased to see Greg Carroll’s legacy continuing to impact young people in the city of Minneapolis.”