NETT LAKE, MN – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund today awarded a $100,000 grant to the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa to build two half-sized basketball courts in two communities on the reservation. The new, outdoor courts will bring needed recreational resources to kids and young people residing on the reservation, who currently have very limited resources.
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 Bois Forte Reservation Tribal Council has identified two locations where the new half-courts will be convenient and easy to utilize – Indian Point Beach and a sector of Lake Vermilion Reservation. Both locations are in communities where recreation resources are very limited. Reservation leadership realizes a critical need to improve access to physical activity and gathering spaces to improve the health of young people in the community. Sports are popular, but kids and families lack safe, convenient places where they gather and play. By adding the two half-courts, Tribal leaders hope to see physical activity levels increase to sustain longer-term health and wellness.
“Sports and recreation bring families and the community together and foster team-building and social skills and healthy habits,” said Corey Strong, Executive Director of the Bois Forte Reservation Tribal Council. “We need to create new ways for children on this reservation to be active, come together and have fun with their neighbors. Thanks to this grant from the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund, today we take a big step in the right direction on Bois Forte Reservation.”
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund, and kids and families from the Bois Forte Reservation gathered today to share a meal and celebrate the grant at a special dedication event. The tribal council is planning to build the basketball courts by the end of September 2018.
“We are pleased to help build these new half-courts and bring outdoor basketball to kids and families who live on Bois Forte Reservation,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships at the MNSBHC. “Our 52 Weeks of Giving campaign was established to provide new resources to kids around our state, so they can more easily be active and engage with others in their community. Adding resources like these new basketball courts is an exciting example of how this year-long effort is coming to life.”
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