Watch and listen as three area high school coaches share the impact that receiving support from Twin Cities Dunkers had on their athletic programs.
Donations from Twin Cities Dunkers provided soccer uniforms for St. Paul WASHINGTON TECHNOLOGY MAGNET High School.
Assistance provided by year:
|2013||$ 71,137||2014||$ 99,602||2015||$ 110,939||2016||$ 109,217|
|2018||$ 126,838||2019||$ total pending||TOTAL||$ 591,907|
Awards presentations were changed from the Fall 2017 to the Spring in 2018 to better accommodate determination of needs by schools based on the the schedule for school district budget cycles.
A record number of Dunkers and guests attended the 2019 fund awards dinner as Twin Cities Dunkers went over the $600,000 mark in direct donations to Minneapolis and St. Paul public high school athletic programs. Totals are still being tabulated.
In response to reports that Minneapolis and St. Paul public high school athletic programs were massively underfunded, in 2011 Twin Cities Dunkers created the Twin Cities Dunkers Fund to provide targeted assistance to 14 high schools in the two cities. The Twin Cities Dunkers Fund provides targeted assistance to those 14 public high school athletic programs.
Working in conjunction with The Minneapolis Foundation, the Dunker Fund has been able to direct more than $600,000 to the schools. The money has been used to purchase equipment and uniforms, to improve athletic facilities and enable road trips.
The Twin Cities Dunkers Fund awards a minimum of $4,000 to each school. Many of the remaining additional needs are funded through individual donations by Dunkers members. Donations are tax deductible.
Each year the schools present their greatest needs to the Fund Committee, and awards are distributed at the Dunkers Fund Awards Dinner. The 2019 dinner was held April 23, at Interlachen Country Club.
|MINNEAPOLIS SCHOOLS||2018 AWARD||TOTAL SINCE 2011|
|Edison||$ 9,170||$ 42,406|
|Patrick Henry||$ 8,330||$ 44,729||North||$ 8,365||$ 44,950||Roosevelt||$ 9,800||$ 44,725||South||$ 8,790||$ 40,463||Southwest||$ 8,244||$ 37,862||Washburn||$ 10,115||$ 44,379|
|ST. PAUL SCHOOLS||2018 AWARD||TOTAL SINCE 2011|
|Central||$ 10,565||$ 46,757|
|Como Park||$ 8,718||$ 52,385|
|Harding||$ 8,750||$ 37,539|
|Highland Park||$ 8,565||$ 41,865||Humboldt||$ 8,726||$ 36,817||Johnson||$ 10,020||$ 41,020||Washington||$ 8,680||$ 36,820|