The Minnesota Wild Foundation Play Our Game Equipment Grant Program today awarded starter hockey equipment sets to the following 12 youth hockey associations in Minnesota: Chisago Lakes Youth Hockey Association, Faribault Youth Hockey Association, Grand Rapids Youth Hockey Association, Hutchinson Youth Hockey Association, Irondale Youth Hockey Association, Lake of the Woods Youth Hockey Association, Montgomery - Lonsdale Youth Hockey Association, New Ulm Youth Hockey Association, Park Rapids Youth Hockey Association, Red Wing Youth Hockey Association, Sauk Rapids Youth Hockey Association and Woodbury Youth Hockey Association. A total of 124 starter hockey equipment sets will be donated amongst these hockey associations as an incentive to attract new participants to their program.
“The generosity of the Minnesota Wild Foundation continues to have a significant impact on our community-based hockey associations,” said Mike Snee, Executive Director of Minnesota Hockey. “Our associations work tirelessly to introduce hockey to as many kids as possible. The support received from organizations like the Wild Foundation is critical to achieving that mission.”
The Minnesota Wild Foundation Play Our Game Equipment Grant Program grantees were selected from a large pool of applications from local hockey associations across the state. Close to $125,000 in equipment has been donated to local hockey associations across Minnesota in the 10 years of the program’s existence. Each starter hockey equipment set includes a helmet with mask, shoulder pads, elbow pads, breezers (hockey pants), shin pads and an equipment bag.
“The Minnesota Wild Foundation Play Our Game Equipment Grant Program has been in existence for over 10 years,” said Brad Bombardir, Vice Chair of the Minnesota Wild Foundation. “Our goal of providing every boy and girl an opportunity to participate in the great tradition of hockey in Minnesota continues to this day. We look forward to supporting this initiative for years to come.”
There are over 63,000 players, coaches and officials registered with Minnesota Hockey, the governing body of youth hockey in Minnesota and a USA Hockey affiliate. For additional information about the grant program or other Minnesota Hockey programs, visit Minnesota Hockey’s website at www.minnesotahockey.org. For additional information about the Minnesota Wild Foundation please click here