MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) - A new Twin Cities non-profit aims to help more students get involved in sports, despite any financial obstacles.
The InSports Foundation was the brainchild of a college student from Moorhead.
The foundation’s executive director, Tony Scheuerman, said he wants to help lighten the financial load for families.
A WCCO-TV report found parents are spending as much as $10,000 dollars per year at the top levels of sports like figure skating, gymnastics and dance.
Some less expensive traveling sports like basketball, baseball and softball cost parents between $500 and $1,000 dollars per season.
But Scheuerman said even the cost of school-sponsored activities or parks and recreation leagues can be a lot to maintain.
“Nowadays, you have to pay between $150 to $200 dollars just to participate,” he said.
Through its own fundraising efforts, InSports wants to help 10,000 kids in the next three years.
First, the foundation aims to help kids with the money needed to get a foot in the game, to participate and, eventually, to become more competitive.
“We want to help during school and after-school with things like summer camps and sports camps,” he said.
Scheuerman said he has not actually given away any scholarships because no one has applied yet, but he hopes that will change.
InSports Foundation will have a booth at the Minnesota Golf Show this weekend at the Minneapolis Convention Center for anyone interested in learning about the cause or applying for a scholarship.
Scholarship applicants are required to submit a one- to two-page essay and obtain a letter of recommendation from a coach, teacher or mentor.
By Sam Christian,
This weekend, the Minneapolis Convention Center will play host to the Midwest’s most prestigious consumer golf show. Dozens of golf industry exhibitors will present the latest in golf equipment, gadgets, fashion, and getaways at the Venture Bank 2015 Minnesota Golf Show presented by 1500 ESPN Twin Cities. Along with the exhibits, the event will include attractions such as: free golf lessons, an indoor driving range, a $100,000 long putt challenge and much more. The InSports Foundation is excited to announce that we will have a booth showcasing information about our annual charity golf tournament as well as an autograph signing from former Vikings linebacker, Matt Blair on Saturday from 11:30-1:00pm
Drafted in the second round of the 1974 draft by the Vikings, Blair quickly became one of the top linebackers in the NFC. Blair appeared in six consecutive Pro Bowls (1977-1982), was named All-Pro in 1980, and all-NFC in 1978. Blair was also known for his special teams play, as he is 3rd in the NFL with 20 blocked kicks. Blairs career lasted 11 years (1974-1985) with two super bowl appearances (1974, 1976).
Along with Blair signing autographs, there will be a silent auction and raffle items available at the InSports booth. The Minnesota Golf Show is runs from Friday Feb. 20th, to Sunday Feb. 22nd, the times are listed below. We hope everyone can make it out to the golf show this weekend and make sure to stop by our booth.
Friday February 20 - 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Saturday February 21 - 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sunday February 22 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Adults (18 and older): $12
Youth (17 and under): FREE
For more information about the golf show and to order ticket please visit http://minnesotagolfshow.com
Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - What an honor for a Concordia College athlete who has an outstanding record on and off the ice.
Max Smith is a hockey player and golfer who founded the "In-Sports Foundation”; a nonprofit group that raises money for scholarships so under-privileged kids can attend sports camps.
He's been nominated for the 2015 Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award; a national recognition of athletes in Division One and Three.
Max Smith- Concordia College Student: “It's been really rewarding to see what it does for the kids and the parents, and it's a lot of fun, too. It's a lot better than having a hockey camp for kids.”
The winner of the Mellon Humanitarian Award will be announced at the Frozen Four in Boston this April.