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Prairie Island Indian Community Helps St. Paul Kids Play Hockey

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild
The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild is pleased to announce that through a match program from the Prairie Island Indian Community for Wild game programs sold last season, the Prairie Island Indian Community has donated $95,882 to the Minnesota Wild Foundation. The donation was distributed evenly between Minnesota Hockey and a new Prairie Island Indian Community/Minnesota Wild Scholarship program allowing kids in St. Paul to play hockey that wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. Also, for the second consecutive year, the Prairie Island Indian Community made an additional donation of $10,000 to Disabled Hockey in Minnesota.

“By making this generous donation, the Prairie Island Indian Community has, once again, shown their support and dedication to youth hockey in Minnesota,” said Minnesota Wild Foundation Executive Director, Amy Woog Patnode. “This partnership allows us to contribute to something we feel is very important and do our part to help preserve the great hockey tradition of St. Paul and help families afford to play the game they love.”

St. Paul families requiring financial assistance in order to keep their kids playing hockey were encouraged to apply for a scholarship which would credit their youth hockey association fees. The St. Paul associations that were eligible for the grants included players from Johnson/Como, Highland, Edgcumbe and Langford. There are currently 1,085 players registered in these four associations. A total of 212 applications were received from 177 families for the scholarship dollars. In late November 2010, $47,500 was awarded as partial or full scholarships distributed among 147 kids from 109 deserving St. Paul families. Recipients were chosen by the Prairie Island Indian Community/Minnesota Wild Scholarship Grant Committee.

“As a father, I felt helpless and disheartened this summer when my wife and I sat down with our four boys and told them that for the first time in seven years, for financial reasons, we could not allow them to play the sport they loved,” said Eric Moberg, father of four boys involved in the Johnson/Como Youth Hockey Association. “When we heard about the scholarship opportunity, we applied and were fortunate enough to receive a grant to cover the boys’ hockey fees. I’d like to express my heartfelt and truly humbling thank you to the Prairie Island Indian Community and the Minnesota Wild Foundation for this immeasurable gift to our family.”

“The Prairie Island Indian Community is excited about the new scholarship program offered this year,” said Victoria Winfrey, Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Council President. “The 147 scholarships will make a positive impact in the lives of the kids. This program really connects with our mission of working with young people and helping them achieve goals and develop leadership skills that will help them throughout their lives.”

For more information on the Minnesota Wild Foundation, visit or call 651-602-6000. To learn more about the Prairie Island Indian Community visit
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