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Legacy Fund Serves as Critical Lifeline

By Minnesota Hockey, 09/21/20, 12:15PM CDT


The Minnesota Hockey Board of Directors established the Legacy Fund in 2018 in an effort to make a difference by giving back to members in need of financial support to overcome personal hardships. 

With numerous families across the state impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Legacy Fund, which often offsets registration costs so players are able to continue participating in hockey, is expected to serve as a critical lifeline for the upcoming season.

The Legacy Fund has provided nearly $40,000 to families in need over its first two years and helped over 80 players. It has assisted players in disabled hockey programs and provided support to families facing challenging medical situations or unexpected financial hardships.

"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.”

Applications will continue to be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis for the 2020-21 season. 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.

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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