Madison Area Sports Commission: To award grants to area youth

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Affording opportunities for all to access sports and recreation

(Madison, WI) The Madison Area Sports Commission (MASC) awarded $22,000 dollars in its fourth 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 the Goodman Community Center, Stoughton Tumblers, Vitense Golf land and Rush Wisconsin.

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 that meet their interests and abilities.

“To be able to fund local non-profit organizations whose primary mission is to engage area youth in sport is a wonderful thing,” said Vince Sweeney, MASC Board Chair. “It is very enriching to be a part of an organization that is able to provide these kinds of opportunities for our youth,” he added.

“We’re encouraged by the variety of organizations and types of activities offered in this most recent round of grant applicants,” said Jamie Patrick, MASC Director of Sports. “We are excited to be able to make sizeable financial contributions to those organizations that will make a significant impact in these children’s lives,” Patrick noted.

To date, MASC grants have helped hundreds of area children benefit from an introduction to sports. The next grant cycle will begin at the start of 2013. Be sure to watch http://www.madisonsports.org for updates.

MASC is the greater Madison area’s official sports marketing organization. Launched by the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2010, 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.

The MASC Youth Grant Program is funded by contributions from the Ironman Community Foundation, private donors and corporations. For more information, please visit http://www.madisonsports.org/youthgrant.