Youth sports groups receive grants from Ray Peterson FundThree local youth organizations were recently named recipients of contributions from the Ray Peterson Fund. The grants are intended to assist financially challenged youth wishing to participate in sports activities.
By: Budgeteer News staff, Duluth Budgeteer News
Three local youth organizations were recently named recipients of contributions from the Ray Peterson Fund. The grants are intended to assist financially challenged youth wishing to participate in sports activities.
The Duluth Amateur Hockey Association (DAHA) received a $2,000 grant for its Hank Jensen Fund, the Boys & Girls Club of the Northland received a $1,950 grant to fund ten scholarships for the Duluth Heritage Sports Summer Camp, and the Arrowhead Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) received $1,000 to help sustain its scholarship program to fund both fees and equipment for youth in need of financial assistance.
The grants were awarded based upon the applications submitted by these organizations, and their use is restricted in a manner that befits the Fund’s mission.
“We’re both pleased and proud that we’ve been able to make these awards to these deserving organizations” said Patrick Francisco, Duluth Heritage Sports Center Foundation chair. “Ray Peterson strongly believed that participation in sports was a positive way for a young person to burn off pent-up energy and he wanted any kid who wanted to play to have that chance, regardless of their financial ability.”
Ray Peterson is remembered today as an icon in Duluth’s rich hockey heritage, as a longtime supporter of youth sports. As director of activities for Wheeler Field, he launched some of Duluth’s earliest hockey programs, including the first Duluth Denfeld High School team.
The Ray Peterson Fund was launched in 2010, when a group of Ray’s former players, led by Duluthians Russell and Anne Strom, bestowed a gift in Peterson’s memory, with the request that the funds be used to continue the work that Peterson started more than 70 years ago.
“It’s an honor to have been entrusted to keep Ray’s spirit alive in this manner,” Francisco said. “He’d be very pleased to know that his desire to help kids continues, thanks to those whom he helped through their giving back to help others.”