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$4,000 DONATED TO FOREST LAKE AREA SCHOOLS COMMUNITY EDUCATION
Many kids have a desire to participate in sports and other experiential activities. Not every family has the means to afford them. In Forest Lake, MN, which is where Hunter lived, the local Community Education organization covers registration fees for kids whose families can’t afford to pay for kids sports or other activities. They need donations to do that. The $4,000 that we’re excited to share with this organization will allow 40 kids in the NE Metro to participate in any district offered activity, including the supplies they need. With this years donation, we have donated a total of $8,000 to date to Forest Lake Area Schools Community Education
$5,000 DONATED TO MINNESOTA HIGH SCHOOL CYCLING LEAUGE
Mountain bike riding and racing is a high school and middle-school sport in Minnesota. The Minnesota Cycling Association is the organization that made that possible. The association and its affiliate teams provide day camps, after school programs, coaches training, and a school based racing series. Started with 151 student-athletes with just under 50 coaches when founded in 2012, Last year, 2,600 student-athletes, nearly 1,300 coaches, comprising more than 65 teams representing more than 130 cities. Their mission is to get kids on bikes. They are inclusive – no bench warmers and no try outs. And a big part of that is making sure people from any socioeconomic background can participate. Our $5,000 donation goes to the league’s scholarship fund and loaner bike pool that covers all the league fees, race fees and provides equipment to under-served youth. With this years donation we have donated a total of $10,000 to date to the Minnesota High School Cycling League.
$5,000 DONATED TO EVERY MEAL
Right now, more than 300,000 children in MN are living with food insecurity. When these children don’t have access to the free and reduced meal programs at school, they don’t have access to reliable food and the risk of hunger is very real. EveryMeal.org focuses on the food gaps when children aren’t able to receive free and reduced meal programs in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. They provide weekend and other food gap programs serving over 10,000 children across 300 locations. We are so excited to help this great organization provide something so crucial to those who need it. With this years donation, we have donated a total of $10,000 to date to Every Meal.
$10,000 DONATED TO SNOCROSS MOBILE MEDICAL TEAM
Snocross is an incredible sport, in which outstanding athletes are occasionally injured. When that happens, the Snocross Mobile Medical Team is there with world-class trackside medical care for the athletes and their crews. Each national race, there’s a team comprised of a board-certified ER doctor, certified athletic trainer, an EMT/Paramedic and a trauma nurse. They serve out of a mobile medical trailer which is basically an ER unit on wheels with the capacity to do most of what happens in a traditional ER at no cost to the athletes or their crew. This ensures the quickest and highest level of care for these participants. With this year’s donation of $10,000, the HHMF has now donated a total of $40,000 to the Snocross Mobile Medical Team. Thank you for the great work you do.
$5,000 DONATED TO FXR LEARN 2 RIDE CLINIC
Young riders learn how to become a better rider on the track and build character off the track, as some of the best riders in the country mentor young riders by showing them how to improve their skills and sharpen their mind. We’re talking kids on small 120-class youth snowmobiles, up to junior riders on full-sized machines. The clinic Involves coaching and mentoring from many of the sport’s top professionals. The clinic provides off-track mentoring of young athletes, a range of skills development, including cornering, moguls, jumps, and starting line techniques. The goal of this is to break down barriers to participating in the sport. With this years doantion, we have donated a total of $15,000 to date to the FXR Learn 2 Ride Clinic.
$5,000 DONATED TO SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE
All children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads. Unfortunately, too many boys and girls go without a bed—or even a pillow—to sleep on. These children end up sleeping on couches, blankets, and even floors. Sleep in Heavenly Peace believes that a bed is a basic need for proper physical, emotional and mental support that every child needs. It’s addressing this need here in the Twin Cities metro (and in communities all over the US and Canada) by leveraging donations like ours and working with volunteers to build, assemble, and deliver topnotch bunk beds to children and families in need. Its local chapter, serving primarily Scott and Dakota Counties, has built and delivered 1,700 beds over the last five years, and are planning to bless another 600 kids this year with a bed of their own. Each bed comes with a mattress, pillow and bedding.
$5,000 DONATED TO THE YMCA YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES
When youth ages 14 – 22 in the Midwest who are in or aging out of foster care, the YMCA Youth and Family Services steps in. They provide critical 1:1 coaching and support and access to resources needed to move into adulthood, increase self-sufficiency, and avoid homelessness. They help foster youth set goals, provide culturally relevant life coaching, access to housing funds/programs, connections to resources, life skills training, employment education, counseling and medical care, connections to caring adults, and more. This long-term focus targets a population with significant needs, yet few sources for support. We’re so excited to support the efforts of the YMCA Youth and Family Services program.
$7,500 DONATED TO WINGS FOR LIFE
One terrible thing we know that occurs in the world of action sports, is that some participants suffer a severe spinal cord injury, resulting in paralysis. Paralysis was long considered permanent, but thanks to advances in research and technology, that view is changing. There is no cure yet, but current research proves that spinal cord repair and regeneration is possible. More and more scientists around the world are confident that a cure for paralysis in humans could be as close as ten to twenty years away. The goal of Wings for Life is to cure spinal cord injury. To do so, the foundation concentrates on supporting research only. All funds raised are 100% dedicated to this purpose. We’re excited to provide $7,500 to Wings for Life again this year to get closer to a cure. With this years donation, we have donated a total of $15,000 to date to Wings for Life.
In 2022, the HHMF brought awareness to our organization and supported youth snowmobile racing opportunities in the Midwest by supporting Sunday Funday ($5,000), as well as the cross-country race series run by Cor Powersports ($3,000).
These opportunities provided by these organizations were exactly the kind of activities and experiences that fueled Hunter’s passion. We’re happy to support them and in doing so, bring attention to our foundation.