DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Wild, in conjunction with the Minnesota Wild and the Minnesota Wild Foundation, announced on Thursday the allocation of $30,000 in donations for the Des Moines community.
Over the last four years, the Iowa Wild and Minnesota Wild have worked diligently to improve the quality of life in the greater Des Moines area through various community partnerships. In a continued effort to enhance the central Iowa community, the Iowa Wild and Minnesota Wild Foundation has selected three local organizations to donate a total of $30,000.
In an effort to strengthen and assist the Des Moines Youth Hockey Association (DMYHA), the Minnesota Wild Foundation has awarded $13,000. The funds will be used to implement a Learn to Play program, Iowa Wild and DMYHA branded jerseys for youth house leagues, Girls Try Hockey For Free event, 8U travel program assistance, and a Red, White and Blue program. The various youth hockey programs will focus on tutorials, purchasing ice time, training, and jerseys.
With Sled Hockey popularity growing across the country the Minnesota Wild Foundation announced it will help jumpstart a new Sled Hockey program in Des Moines through a partnership with Adaptive Sports Iowa. Adaptive Sports was established in 2011, and since then has provided revolutionary sports opportunities for Iowans with physical disabilities. The Minnesota Wild Foundation has contributed $12,000 to help purchase hockey sleds, sled accessories, helmets, hockey sticks and ice time.
Finally, the Minnesota Wild Foundation is donating $5,000 to the Boys Scouts of America - Mid-Iowa Council. The money will be used to assist in After School Scouting Programs throughout Des Moines. The programs will help the Boys Scouts of America - Mid-Iowa Council exceed 1,000 scouts in central Iowa.