Blizzard Foundation builds relationship through baseball with Hope Kids
Vadnais Heights (December 16 2017) – The Blizzard Foundation hosted a baseball-themed, activity-packed evening for Minnesota Blizzard players and children from HopeKids Minnesota. The event included a baseball clinic, followed by pizza and a movie. For the Minnesota Blizzard players, the highlight of the evening was the relationship building with HopeKids.
HopeKids provides ongoing events, activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with a life-threatening medical condition. Minnesota Blizzard player, Will Frisch, Stillwater High School junior summarized the overall reaction of the Minnesota Blizzard players, “It was great seeing how happy this experience made them [HopeKids]. It makes me happy to see other people happy and that’s a really cool feeling.”
The Blizzard Foundation is looking to continue their partnership with HopeKids to provide access to baseball-related family activities
“Anytime we can provide opportunities for baseball players [from any organization] to give back, gain perspective, and teach baseball is a win for the foundation.” Blizzard Foundation director, Jeff Huth, commented.
Founded in 2016, the Blizzard Foundation has since helped make baseball accessible to more than 65 families, provided over 1000 hours of service learning opportunities for baseball players, and has awarded 2 scholarships in memory of former Minnesota Blizzard player, Johnny Price IV.
Drew Gilbert, also a Stillwater High School junior is a baseball player who frequently attends Blizzard Foundation service projects. “Without the Blizzard Foundation I wouldn’t ha
ve these opportunities to give back. Nights like these help remind me that life is more than baseball.”
“It’s cool to see the Blizzard Foundation using baseball as a tool to help kids out and put a smile on their face. I know I take for granted being able to
play baseball- sometimes we need to be reminded how lucky we are.”
Since its founding, the Blizzard Foundation has been able to impact baseball programs across the Twin Cities community by providing community service opportunities and providing aid for families needing assistance with baseball-related expenses, regardless of organization affiliation.
“The Blizzard Foundation is here to help all kids have the opportunity to play baseball. It doesn’t matter if your kid is the next Joe Mauer or is having trouble making the high
school team,” said Jake Kuschke, treasurer of the Blizzard Foundation.
“The Blizzard Foundation was built on the basis that the game of baseball should be accessible to all families, regardless of who you play for or where you come from.”
For more information on the Blizzard Foundation, please contact foundation director Jeff Huth at (763) 242-2125.
About the Blizzard Foundation:
The Blizzard Foundation (501c3) is devoted to making baseball accessible for all families regardless of affiliation or ability level, empowering baseball players to be outstanding community member, and honoring the late Johnny Price IV through a memorial college scholarship. Since September of 2016, the Blizzard Foundation has helped over 65 families, provided over 1,000 hours of service learning, awarded two college scholarships, and given over $36,000 in scholarship, financial assistance, and sponsorships.
About Hope Kids:
Hope Kids provides ongoing events, activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening condition. They surround these children and their families with the message that hope can be a powerful medicine.