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Boys & Girls Clubs a safe place for kids to go

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer



A locally based restaurant chain recently raised money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help support its youth sports and other related programs. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Buffalo Wild Wings donated 100 percent of the money raised from “paper pinups” purchases by patrons for its Team Up for Kids initiative, which provided at least $650,000 in grants to clubs across the country. The monies raised at more than 930 restaurants across 49 states was donated to help support youth sports, education, and training for administrators and volunteer coaches. “It’s ironic that Buffalo Wild Wings reached out to us,” notes Minneapolis’ Southside Village Director Mark Graves. “Right before they reached out to us, we were struggling trying to figure out either how we would buy up-to-date helmets or


“The grant money we received from Buffalo Wild Wings has helped purchase helmets and some jerseys,” says Graves, adding that nearly 65 kids participated in the park’s football program,

which has three teams and one “fundamental flag football” team. Graves has been with Southside Village for 23 years. Continue Reading →

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