BROOKLYN CENTER, MN – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund today awarded Youth Determined to Succeed (YDS) with a $50,000 grant to help expand several of the organization’s programs that bring health and fitness resources to young people in Brooklyn Center and the North Minneapolis-area.
The grant will help the organization purchase fitness and nutrition equipment to enhance resources for the Kids4Health Youth Health & Wellness, Brooklyn Center High School’s “21st Century” and Track Minnesota Elite programs. The programs focus on health, fitness and wellness to support children and families struggling with obesity and related diseases. They provide opportunity and information to help young people develop better fitness and healthy eating habits, and provide equipment and resources to kids who want to play sports.
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.
“This grant will make an impact on our programs that collectively serve over 300 youth annually between the ages of eight to 18,” said Melvin Anderson, Executive Director, Youth Determined to Succeed. “By expanding our offerings and equipment, we will be able to engage more young people in Brooklyn Center and North Minneapolis to get them involved in positive past times like physical activity and sports, so they can learn life-long healthy habits.”
YDS hosted a celebration at Brooklyn Center Recreation and Field Center today to commemorate the grant that included a multi-generational Fitness Fair for all attendees. The fair was co-hosted by Saint Therese and partnered youth and seniors together for a series of wellness activities including nutrition education, blood pressure testing, and physical fitness drills.
“Saint Therese is proud to partner with YDS to influence positive change in the lives of Minnesota youth,” said Barb Rode, CEO, Saint Therese. “Many of our staff and their children reside in neighborhoods impacted by the efforts of YDS; our involvement is one way we give back to those who help make Saint Therese a welcoming home for so many. In addition, we are pleased to be a resource connecting young people with seniors who serve as strong role models for building a healthy lifestyle.”
In the near future, YDS plans to establish a specialty community clinic that treats severe to morbidly obese children, as well as families with acute and chronic diseases, such as diabetes. The YDS clinic would provide comprehensive children- and family-centered services to further improve the health and wellness of youth and families in North Minneapolis.
“Youth Determined to Succeed is doing important work to encourage young people to get involved in physical activity and establish healthy lifestyles,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships for the MNSBHC Legacy Fund. “We are so excited to help support this organization and its efforts to improve the health and wellness of young people in this community.”
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