The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee gave a parting gift to every grant recipient of the 52 Weeks of Giving program that spread $5.5 million across the state to youth wellness programs.
In addition to what they’ve already received, the programs received a final “dividend” of $1,475 each as part of the Super Bowl’s Legacy Fund.
The host committee on Monday announced the disbursal of the final $76,698 on its books for the youth programs.
In the year before Super Bowl LII, the privately funded host committee handed out a grant a week to organizations as part of the countdown to the big game Feb 4. The goal was to leave a long-term legacy for Minnesota kids.
“We are happy to surprise these 52 recipients with an additional grant to support their wonderful work,” Super Bowl CEO Maureen Bausch said. “We hope the Super Bowl helped inspire a healthier, more active generation of Minnesota kids.”
Among the projects funded were year-round greenhouses for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Onamia, the Springboard for the Arts play sculpture in Fergus Falls, the Backus Community Center Pennies for Play program in International Falls, Twin Cities Native Lacrosse in Minneapolis and the Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth in Brooklyn Park.