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Legacy Fund Grants Over $23,000 In First Year

By Minnesota Hockey, 10/01/19, 1:00PM CDT


Program Aimed at Supporting Families and Hockey Players In Need Supported 50 Families

Minnesota Hockey, in partnership with Sun Country Airlines, announced today that more than $23,000 was granted to individuals, families, organizations and associations after one year of existence. The Legacy Fund was founded and approved by the Minnesota Hockey Board of Directors in September of 2018 in an effort to make a difference by giving back to members in need of financial support to overcome personal hardships. 

More than 50 families and 60 hockey players were impacted by the grants, which were awarded by a six-member Legacy Fund committee after reviewing applications submitted throughout the 2018-2019 season. Typically, the funds were used to offset registration costs for players whose families may be experiencing financial hardships due to medical problems or tragic events.

"The Legacy Fund was established as a way for Minnesota Hockey to give back and help those in our hockey family that may be going through a difficult time," stated Steve Oleheiser, Minnesota Hockey President. "We’re thrilled to be able to continue with this fund, and we hope that the support can alleviate some of the stress and pain caused by difficult circumstances.”

The Legacy Fund will return for the 2019-2020 season and applications will continue to be dealt with on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those wishing to help or support those in their local hockey community can fill out an application at any time. Applications can be filled out here.  

“Our association has seen first-hand the amazing impact that the Legacy Fund has had on hockey families in our community,” said Ryan Lueck, Vice President of the Bloomington Kennedy/Richfield Youth Hockey Association. “We had several young players experiencing serious hardships, but were able to continue playing hockey this year due to Minnesota Hockey’s generosity and understanding of their situations.”

“As a Minnesota company, supporting our local community is important to us,” said Sun Country Airlines Chief Marketing Officer, Brian Davis. “We’re proud to have helped establish the Legacy Fund with Minnesota Hockey, and to have made a difference in the lives of families in need within the hockey community.”

Who is eligible to apply for the grant?

  • Associations must have a current Minnesota Hockey Affiliate Agreement and be in good standing
  • Individuals/families must be Minnesota Hockey members and in good standing
  • Preference will be given to applications that nominate a group or family to receive funds as opposed to those who nominate themselves

Proposals that are ineligible for consideration include, but are not limited to:

  • Team fundraisers, including funding for travel expenses
  • Capital campaigns, building or new improvement projects
  • Operational expenses, including salaries
  • Private foundations or endowment programs, international agencies or nonprofits that benefit individuals or organizations outside the state of Minnesota
  • Churches and religious organizations, political parties or political activities

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