MINNESOTA WILD FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES $733,470 IN TOTAL GIVING DURING 2021-22 SEASON

June 27, 2022

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Thanks to the incredible generosity of Wild fans, donors, corporate and community partners, the Minnesota Wild announced today that the Minnesota Wild Foundation as a whole $733,470 through grants and proceeds from the Split the Pot raffle to local charities during the 2021-22 season.

“We are thrilled to be able to support these wonderful community programs, charities and youth hockey associations,” said Rachel Schuldt, executive director of the Minnesota Wild Foundation. “The Wild Foundation and its board of directors are incredibly grateful for the tremendous fan support that allows us to serve our community and continue to grow the great sport of ice hockey.”

The Minnesota Wild Foundation provided $324,500 in grants to the following state hockey organizations:

  • Minnesota Hockey received $52,500 to support key growth initiatives across the state of hockey including the Gear Up Minnesota Equipment Grant Program, Little Wild Learn to Play Program, Family Mentor Program and Never Too Late Hockey Camp. Minnesota Hockey also received $15,000 from the proceeds of the Wild Foundation’s Black History Celebration jersey online auction to support their diversity in the hockey program. Wilde players wore custom jerseys during the warm-up before the January 14 game to celebrate Black History Month. Visit www.minnesotahockey.org for more information.
  • The Children’s Minnesota Foundation received $50,000 Proceeds from the Wild Foundation’s annual Wild About Children event, presented by West Bend, in support of Children’s Minnesota’s Mental Health program. This year’s event took the form of an online auction and fundraiser in February. Thanks to generous purchases from donors, the Wild Foundation was also able to donate 189 hooded sweatshirt blankets, which were sold as Buy One Give One items during the event. The Children’s Minnesota Foundation also received $15,000 Proceeds from the online auction of the Wild Foundation’s Pride Jersey in support of Children’s Minnesota’s Gender Health program. Wilde players wore Pride pre-match jerseys for the team’s first Pride Night on March 29. The Children’s Minnesota Foundation also received $5,000 by the Wild Foundation in honor of Mikko Koivu’s Jersey Retirement Night on March 13th. Visit www.childrensmn.org for more information.
  • The Children’s Cancer Research Fund received $10,000 Proceeds from the Wild Foundation’s Hockey Fights Cancer jersey online auction to support cancer research. Wild players wore lavender Hockey Fights Cancer pre-match jerseys for Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night on November 2nd. Visit www.childrenscancer.org for more information.
  • Minnesota Youth Hockey Associations received $47,000. Minnesota youth and amateur hockey associations were invited to sell game programs at Wild home games, and each received a $1,000 stipend from the Wild Foundation to support their association.
  • DinoMights received $25,000 to support the Hockey Is For Everyone youth hockey program and the annual Learn 2 Skate recruiting program, which provides children with opportunities to play hockey, as well as tutoring, mentorship and spiritual development opportunities in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Visit www.dinomights.com for more information.

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  • CollegeBound Saint Paul received $25,000 Support his goal of providing a $50 college savings account for every child living in Saint Paul born on or after January 1, 2020. The purpose of the program is to connect families and their children with early childhood resources, financial education and tools to be financially healthy in order to pave the way for a brighter future for both families and the city. Visit www.collegeboundstp.com for more information.
  • Greater Saint Paul’s interfaith campaign raised $15,000 Proceeds from the Wild Foundation’s online auction of Native American jerseys in support of the American Indian Youth Enrichment program. Wilde players wore Native American Heritage pre-match jerseys on November 26 to celebrate Native American Heritage Day. For more information, visit www.interfaithaction.org.
  • The United Heroes League received $10,000 Proceeds from the Wild Foundation’s online camouflage jersey auction to help get military kids involved in hockey. Wilde players wore camouflage jerseys during warm-up practice for Military Appreciation Night on February 12. For more information, see www.unitedheroesleague.org.
  • Mankato Youth Hockey received $10,000 to grow the game in Mankato as part of Hockey Day Minnesota 2022. Visit www.mankatohockey.com for more information.
  • On behalf of Iowa Wild, Wild’s AHL affiliate, MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center (www.mercyone.org) and the Des Moines Youth Hockey Association (www.dmyha.com) each received $10,000 and the Gabe Fleming Memorial Hockey Scholarship Fund (www.gabeflemingmhsf.org) received $5,000.
  • That Minnesota High School Boys Coaches Association and the Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association each received $7,500 for Ice Age, coach and player training and development opportunities, equipment, and player fee support related to hockey or related activities.
  • hockey ministries International received $5,000 to support the development of young hockey players in Minnesota through summer hockey camp scholarships. Visit www.hockeyministries.org for more information.

In addition, $408,970 in raffle proceeds from the Minnesota Wild Foundation’s Split the Pot raffle program was donated to the following 25 local nonprofits:

  • Autism Society of Minnesota
  • Children’s Minnesota Foundation
  • Crescent Bay
  • Dino Mights
  • Lodge of Faith
  • Friends of Saint Paul Hockey
  • Gillette Specialty Healthcare for children
  • Hendrickson Foundation
  • Herb Brooks Foundation
  • Hiway Credit Union Foundation Hockey Kids4Kids
  • Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation
  • HopeKids
  • Minnesota Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs

  • Minnesota Amateur Athletics Foundation
  • Minnesota Hockey
  • Minnesota Sled Hockey Association
  • Special Olympics in Minnesota
  • Minnesota Warrior Hockey Association
  • Minnesota Wild Blind Hockey through the Edina Community Foundation
  • Minnesota Wildlife Foundation
  • Minnesota Wild Special Ice Hockey
  • Pinky Swear Foundation
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities – Upper Midwest
  • United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum
  • wishes & more

The Minnesota Wild Foundation exists to support the game of hockey and improve the lives of families in the state of hockey. With the support of Wild players, fans, and donors, the Minnesota Wild Foundation supports pediatric medical causes, serves as the largest non-member funding source for Minnesota Hockey, and provides fundraising opportunities for youth hockey associations statewide. Since its inception in 2009, the Wild Foundation has distributed more than $4.9 million in grants to hockey organizations and pediatric health charities, and distributed over $2.8 million to local charities through its Split the Pot Raffle program. Together we are creating a Greater State of Hockey. For more information and to donate, visit www.wild.com/foundation or contact us under mnwildfoundation@wild.com or 651-602-6000. Follow the Minnesota Wild Foundation on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Iowa Wild Hockey is presented by MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center. For more information, please visit www.iowawild.com. Fans can purchase individual game tickets through the team’s website at www.iowawild.com. Group tickets (10 or more), suites, Wild 365 memberships, or premium tickets may be purchased by contacting the Iowa Wild Ticket Department at (515) 564-8700 or tickets@iowawild.com. The 2022-23 season marks the 10th anniversary of hockey at the Iowa Wild. Fans can purchase season tickets for the 10th Anniversary Season at https://www.iowawild.com/wild-365.

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