March 15, 2018 06:56 PM
One year before Super Bowl 52 was played at U.S. Bank Stadium last month, the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee kicked off its 52 weeks of giving campaign.
The campaign was designed to make sure that long after the Super Bowl was gone, the game would leave behind a legacy of healthier kids in Minnesota.
A total of $5.5 million in legacy fund grants were given away in 52 communities in every corner of the state.
Bolder Options in Minneapolis received $50,000.
The activity-based mentoring program, designed to introduce kids to healthy lifestyles, was founded by former Minnesota Gophers football standout Darrell Thompson.
Bolder Options used the money to remodel their building; which included two kitchens. They also purchased a new van.
"One of the main things with families, especially families that might have some poverty involved with them, is there's a lack of transportation" Thompson said.
"So this allows us to be able to pick a family up, to bring them here, to bring the kids to events and activities. So transportation is a big deal."
It's that kind of impact the host committee wanted to see the Super Bowl have in communities across Minnesota.
"In the end, the Super Bowl's reach extended far beyond U.S. Bank Stadium, or even its worldwide television audience," said Maureen Bausch, the Chief Executive Officer Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee.
"The Super Bowl touched communities across Minnesota. And we are proud to tell their stories and the work they are doing to ensure our kids grow up healthy and strong."
Updated: March 15, 2018 06:56 PM
Created: March 15, 2018 03:53 PM
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