Minnesota Flyers to Offer Gymnastics Scholarships to Children of Serving Service Members and Veterans
Thanks to a grant from a Twin Cities-based nonprofit, Minnesota Flyers Gymnastics is now offering scholarships for children of serving military personnel, veterans, and Blue and Gold Star families to attend classes and participate in events. ‘team at its Detroit Lakes gym.
the Minnesota V4V (Veterans for Veterans) Trust Fund recently funded a one-time grant of $ 5,000 to provide scholarships for recreational classes, gymnastics programs and other MFG activities to children of veterans, active duty men and women, and Blue families and Gold Star (those whose immediate family members serve during a time of military conflict, or who have lost their lives in the service of their country, respectively).
“Our Board of Directors believes that this unique partnership will promote the health, fitness and positive mental well-being of the children of deployed Veterans and National Guard soldiers,” said Lauri Brooke, Veterans Services Officer Becker County fighters, who also sits on the V4V board. . “
Lauri Brooke, left, of the Minnesota Veterans 4 Veterans Trust Fund, recently presented a check for $ 5,000 to Minnesota Flyers Gymastics CEO Ron Sprafka and office manager Kari Wendt. The money will be used to fund scholarships for children of military families to explore all of the programs that MFG has to offer. (Photo submitted)
Minnesota Flyers CEO Ron Sprafka said he was excited to be able to offer a scholarship program specifically for children of military families.
“I revere all who serve or who have served in our military,” Sprafka said, adding that he believed veterans and serving military personnel should receive all the support their communities can give them. “This will allow the children to explore one of our programs and see if they are interested in it (ie to continue it after the scholarship ends).”
Brooke said it was one of the first grants awarded by V4V to fund a project specifically aimed at children.
“We know that physical activity is good for the mental well-being of a child,” said Brooke, adding that it can be particularly beneficial for children of active service members. “” It’s a win-win for everyone. “
Sprafka said those who wish to apply for a V4V scholarship can apply through the Minnesota Flyers Gymnastics website at mnflyersgym.org (there is a link to the scholarship application on the main page). Minnesota Flyers not only offers team gymnastics, but also recreational classes and a Fly Time program for children with special needs. Call 218-847-3637 or email [email protected] for more information.
Minnesota Flyers gymnasts Rowan Flint, Elenor Manke and Adeline Anderson test their skills on a beam exercise. (Photo submitted)
The Minnesota V4V Trust Fund is a nonprofit organization formed following the 2006 sale of the Lake Minnetonka Big Island Disabled Veterans Camp. Its board of directors includes members appointed by disabled veterans of America, veterans of foreign wars, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the American Legion. The council oversees the use of funds from the sale of the island camp to the town of Orono and provides grants to organizations serving Minnesota veterans in a manner consistent with the criteria found on the website of the ‘organization, mnv4v.org, this is also where people can go to apply for grants.