CLOQUET, MN – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund today awarded a $85,000 grant to the Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to support three projects that will improve community resources and facilities for recreation and nutrition. The funds will help expand and pave a path leading to the Fond du Lac Cloquet Community Center, establish community gardens at the reservation’s school and renovate an outdoor ice skating rink.
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.
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund today celebrated the grant dedication with the community by hosting football skills and drills for kids who live on the Fond du Lac Reservation.
“Our Tribal leaders are focused on providing resources that improve community engagement and encourage life-long healthy habits,” said Kevin Dupuis, Chairman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. “This much-needed investment in community gathering places on the reservation will provide resources for physical activity and improve access to nutritious, Native food sources for young people and families.”
The current pathway to the Fond du Lac Cloquet Community Center lines a busy road. By expanding and paving a mile-long trail, community members will be able to safely walk, run or bike to the community center. The grant will also help improve the nearby school and community garden where students will plant and tend Indigenous crops, learn about Native nutrition and share in the crops at harvest. To encourage physical activity and community engagement in the winter months, the Reservation’s outdoor skating rink will be renovated and stocked with skates and supplies that kids and families can use, free of charge.
“The 52 Weeks of Giving campaign supports the efforts of Minnesota communities improve the health and wellness of young people,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships at the MNSBHC. “We are pleased that our campaign will help Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa establish new resources for healthy activities and provide new ways to engage and educate children on the reservation about Indigenous food sources, gardening and nutrition.”
In addition to the 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, the MNSBHC Legacy Fund is encouraging kids across the state to submit their favorite healthy snack recipes as part of its “Super Snack Challenge” with support from Newman’s Own Foundation. The online competition gives kids in Minnesota an opportunity to get involved in Super Bowl LII and win prizes. The competition is open until October 23 to kids age 8-14 and more information on entry rules and guidelines can be found at www.mnsuperbowl.com/snackchallenge.
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee is a private, non-profit corporation formed to plan and execute Super Bowl LII. For more information visit www.mnsuperbowl.com and follow @mnsuperbowl2018 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.