WHITE EARTH, MN – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund today awarded the White Earth Reservation Tribal Council a $100,000 grant to build the reservation’s first skate park. The Sons and Daughters Initiative Skate Park will advance the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe’s goals to improve the long-term health of the children and families on the reservation by providing a new place to gather for outdoor recreation in a community with few nearby parks and resources.
BMX veteran Kevin Robinson spoke today at an event to celebrate the grant near the White Earth Reservation. Kevin, an advocate for the Shred Hate initiative – which aims to reduce bullying through community engagement – spoke about his love for biking and how that passion has contributed positively to his and his family’s health and wellness. He and kids from White Earth road bikes, rollerblades, scooters and skateboards to celebrate the MNSBHC Legacy Fund grant announcement. Kevin’s visit to the reservation wraps up an exciting few days for children in White Earth: on Saturday, 80 children from the area attended X Games events at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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 launched a unique 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.
“For kids in our community, this skate park will be an opportunity for kids to discover a talent and passion for a sport they may never have been exposed to otherwise,” said Clinton Alexander, public health advisor and project lead, White Earth Public Health Services. “By introducing them to skating, biking and roller blading, our children will be exposed to fun and comradery. But they also will realize long-term benefits of fitness that can help reduce chronic illnesses like diabetes that have devastating impact on Native American peoples and the community here in White Earth.”
The new community skate park will strategically introduce a new resource for physical activity and play for youth who live in a rural region where transportation can be a challenge for many families. The White Earth Reservation Tribal Council will collaborate with the local Boys & Girls Club and other project partners to teach kids proper skating, biking and blading techniques so they continue to improve skills, gain confidence in their ability to compete and skate and maintain interest in the sport. The skate park will be designed with traditional Native American culture and art to reflect the local community’s Anishinaabeg heritage and build pride in the culture and dignity of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.
“This is the first skate park build the 52 Weeks of Giving campaign has had the privilege of contributing to in Minnesota,” said Dana Nelson. “This day marks an important milestone for many kids and families in this community. The addition of this skate park means so many children will have a chance to engage in a fun, healthy activity that will positively shape their character, health, discipline and personality as they grow to be leaders in here White Earth.”
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