Madison Area Sports Commission: To award grants to area youth

Contact: Judy Frankel PR and Communications Manager

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(Madison, WI) The Madison Area Sports Commission (MASC) awarded nearly $20,000 dollars in its second cycle of youth grants designed to introduce Dane County children 17 years old and younger to the lifelong enjoyment and health benefits of sports.

The winning grant recipients are:
Badger Speed Skating Club – $2,000
YMCA of Dane County – $2,500
Southside Raiders – $5,000
Madison 56ers – $4,000
Dream Bikes – $4,000

The mission of the MASC Youth Grant Program is to provide opportunities for area youth, who may have financial limitations, to experience the benefits of sports.

“The opportunity to grant funds to these five local sports organizations is a great benefit to the community. We are fortunate to have such funds available through the Madison Area Sports Commission,” said Joel Weitz, PGA Professional and MASC Board Chair.

To date, MASC grants have helped many area children benefit from an introduction to sports.” As we move closer to celebrating our first anniversary, it is especially rewarding to me that in such a short time we have been able to help fund so many different organizations that support our community’s kids,” added Weitz.

“We’ve been able to fund 80% of our applicants to date, said Jamie Patrick, MASC Director of Sports. We are excited to be able to make significant contributions to those organizations that will make a sizeable impact in these children’s lives,” Patrick noted.

The mission of the MASC Youth Grant Program is to provide opportunities for area youth, who may have financial limitations, to experience the benefits of sports. The MASC Youth Grant Program is funded by contributions from the Ironman Community Foundation, private donors and corporations.

MASC is the greater Madison area’s official sports marketing organization. Launched by the Greater Madison Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, MASC is charged with elevating the recognition and awareness of the impact of sports tourism on the regional economy while serving the unique needs of the sports tourism business. MASC will celebrate its’ first anniversary in September.

For more information, please visit http://www.madisonsports.org/youthgrant. The next grant cycle will begin in November. Be sure to watch http://www.madisonsports.org for updates.