This summer the InSports Foundation partnered with 3 school districts to provide free sports camps for children! These camps provided athletic opportunities to young children to experience new and exciting sports that they may not have every played or had the chance to try! Along with sports, the camps also consisted of a goal setting where the kids had the chance to think about why goals are important and set goals for themselves for the camps and the rest of the summer. They also got to participate in a healthy eating session where they learned the importance of proper nutrition and eating a balance diet. At the end of each camp, the Children received a healthy snack pack or meal box to take home with them!
With the help of Active Solutions and Matter, the InSports Foundation was able to impact over 1,500 children this summer! This was an amazing and successful summer for our Foundation, and we can't wait to continue our work into the fall!
Summer is in full swing and we are kicking off the second session of the St. Paul Saints Baseball Camp this season! InSports teams up with the Saints each year to provide 9 athletes with a scholarship to attend the 3-day skills camp lead by the Saints manager and players.
Athletes ages 6-13 have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals through one-on-one and group instructions led by George Tsamis, current manager and former baseball player. The camp reinforces the fundamentals of hitting, catching, and throwing at CHS Field. Following the camp, athletes will get an exclusive q & a with the players , autograph session and two tickets to a baseball game where they will be presented on the field!
Heading to a Saints game this summer? Participate in the Tennis Ball Toss and support the InSports mission!
At the end of every home game, the Saints will set up hula hoops by first base, second base, third base and behind home plate. Fans have the opportunity to throw the tennis balls that they purchased in the hopes of landing it within one of the hoops. If the tennis ball lands in the hoop, then that fan wins a prize. Tennis Balls will be available for purchase all game long around the ballpark.
This promotion will take place all season long! 50% of the proceeds raised through this promotion will be donated to the InSports foundation!
We are excited to to partner with Chaska/Chanhassen, Osseo/Maple Grove, and Hopkins school districts to put on a total of 12 InSports Days this summer! With the help of Active Solutions and MATTER we will have the opportunity to provide these students with a skills clinic, healthy eating and goal setting session as part of their summer school programs. Our InSports days are unique camps that help expose students to new sports and gives them the basic skills needed to join a team. Following the camp students are given the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to continue their passion in athletics.
This month we started our 5 week program at Jonathan Elementary School with nearly 300 kids in the Chaska/Chanhassen School District. The student have participated in soccer, floor hockey, jump roping and a physical education game for the first two weeks. We look forward to having the students from Osseo and Hopkins join in on the fun!
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By Samantha Romero
What a day at U.S Bank Stadium! Last Friday we had the opportunity to partner with MATTER and Active Solutions to provide a free on field experience for over 150 kids! Athletes had the chance to put their football skills to the test as they participated in a game of Capture the Football and learned the importance of goal setting and healthy eating with our very own Minnesota Viking Cornerback, Xavier Rhodes!
To date, we have helped over 24,000 kids get in the game through out InSports Days, Scholarships, and Team Sponsorships!
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This year InSports was honored to donate $1,000 to Gear Up Minnesota, a MN program which grants hockey associations with starter hockey equipment. To date the program has helped provide over 120 associations with equipment - worth over $520,000! A grant was recently given to Coon Rapids this year and they were able to provide 15 athletes with all the equipment needed to be introduced to the game of hockey!
By Alex Beck
On Tuesday, May 30th, The Eastview Community Foundation held their annual scholarship award ceremony for the 2017 high school graduates. This year, The InSports Foundation was honored to present a $500 scholarship to two young athletes who show outstanding character on and off the ice. This year’s recipients are well deserving of the honor.
One recipient is Tyler Kukowski. His passion has been hockey since he first picked up at stick at the age of 4. The Eastview senior recounted his experiences while playing and some of the ways his experiences impacted him over the years, “I have learned so many life lessons along the way, including how to be a good teammate, leader, how to be humble when you win and to lose gracefully just to name a few.” These lessons eventually led Kukowski to being named his team’s captain in his final year and helped motivate him to give back to the youth programs that he grew up participating in. “It is very important to me to carry on the strong tradition of giving back to the Eastview youth hockey programs and community, as I know I can be a strong role model and have a positive influence on other kids lives.”
The other recipient is Alissa Tuccitto. She has been playing hockey since she was able to fit into a pair of skates, and she has taken every opportunity to become a better version of herself on and off the ice. “I have learned what it means to sacrifice to reach a goal, as well as how to persevere through challenges”. Tuccitto said that her freshmen season was anything but easy and she realized how hard she would have to work to achieve success. Tuccitto has a good lesson for any younger athletes out there, “I learned from my coaches that you will be rewarded for what you put in and also what you give up, it may not be right away but you will always know that you followed your morals to get to where you are and that you got there because of all that you did to stay on track.” Hard work does not go unnoticed as Tuccitto was awarded not only captain’s honors her senior year, but also the Hobey Baker Award for character.
We would like to thank Tyler and Alissa for their dedication to sports and kids in there community and are honored to present them with the InSports Foundation Athletic Scholarships for 2017. We wish them luck in the future and hope they keep up the hard work!
Energy filled the Baseline Tennis Center as the InSports team kicked off the first Gopher Tennis InSports Day! Our InSports team, in partnership with USTA Northern welcomed over 50 individuals ages 8-13 for a day full of tennis followed by a Women’s Gophers vs. Badgers tennis match.
The kids had the opportunity to participate in a series of rallies while working on their serving and tennis stroke skills. The stations included games like instant rally progression, circle volley, tennis four square, throw ball, and tic tac toe relays.
Another fantastic component of our InSports Days is the Goal Setting Session where kids have the opportunity to write down and share their own personal goals for the day, their goal in sports, and their goal with teammates! Karyna Bihel, a Freshman Gopher Tennis player, was able to join us and share her career, school, short term and long term goals with the group as well.
The day wrapped up with our Healthy Eating Session thanks to our partners over at MATTER! They provide healthy MATTERboxes for our InSports Days. Since the summer of 2016, Matter has helped us provide over 700 kids with a healthy MATTERbox! How cool is that?
After the InSports Day, the kids and their parents/guardians were invited to stay and watch the Gopher vs. Badgers Tennis Match. The kids also had the opportunity to meet the U of M tennis players and stand beside them as the players were announced for the match!
We would like to thank Youthprise, USTA Northern, Baseline Tennis Center staff, MATTER, the Minnesota Gopher Women's Tennis Team and all of our volunteers for making our first Gopher a great success! We look forward to partnering in the future to provide more free opportunities for the kids in the community.
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