MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund today presented a $50,000 grant to the city of Waseca to support rebuild efforts at historic Tink Larson Field. The grant donation will help meet fundraising goals for rebuilding the wood grandstand and lockers at the field, which were destroyed by a fire in April 2016.
The grant is part of the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program, which is made possible each year by a $1 million contribution courtesy of the NFL Foundation and is complemented by the Super Bowl Host Committee. Through its 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, the MNSBHC has launched a year-long effort to make Super Bowl LII a statewide event by awarding 52 communities with grants that will help improve the health and wellness of young people in Minnesota.
Waseca Mayor Roy Srp and Senator John Jasiniski joined the MNSBHC and the Minnesota Twins for a special celebration at the site where the baseball grandstand and lockers will be reconstructed. The Twins held a baseball clinic for about 50 kids from Waseca County to commemorate the rebuild and encourage ongoing participation in sports and physical activity.
“Baseball is a very popular pastime in Waseca and our community really felt the loss of the Tink Larson grandstand,” said Roy Srp, Mayor of Waseca. “The project to rebuild is not only about bringing back an iconic landmark. It’s also part of an ongoing effort to instill a passion for baseball and sports in our kids so they will stay active and healthy.”
Tink Larson Field is an important symbol of Minnesota’s baseball community. The grandstand plays host to dozens of baseball leagues for kids and adults and is central gathering place where community and neighborhood events and activities take place.
“We are so blessed that the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund and many other organizations and donors have generously helped us meet fundraising goals and bring this popular destination back to Waseca,” said Duane Rathmann, Chair of the Tink Larson Fundraising Committee. “It’s comforting to know this landmark will be an important part of many kids lives, for generations to come.”
An official groundbreaking event was held in Waseca at the site where Tink Larson Field’s grandstand and locker areas will be rebuilt in August. Organizers of the rebuild project plan to start construction this month and finish the project in the spring of 2018.
“Improving resources and providing access to healthy activities to kids in Minnesota is what our 52 Weeks of Giving campaign is all about,” said Dana Nelson. “How fitting we get to celebrate the rebuilding of the legendary Tink Larson Field with the city of Waseca on the same day our hometown Twins play their first game of the playoff season!”
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