Founding Members

Hennepin County Department of Human Services and Public Health
The Hennepin County Public Health Promotion vision is “Healthy People in Healthy Communities.” It fosters “healthy places to live, learn, work and play” by working closely with schools, worksites, clinics and other community organizations to champion healthy lifestyles and environments. Our primary prevention, research-based strategies promote good mental, physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual health; enhance the quality of life; and reduce the prevalence of chronic disease.

Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission
The MASC was created by the Minnesota State Legislature to promote the economic and social benefits of sports. The agency has become best known for two things: Creating amateur sports events which attract out-of-state attendance, generating economic impact for the state, and fostering public/private and state/local partnerships. Many MASC programs have utilized this model, including facility construction and the Mighty Ducks and Mighty Kids grant programs.

Minnesota Hockey
Minnesota Hockey is the statewide governing body of amateur hockey in Minnesota and an affiliate of USA Hockey. Minnesota Hockey (formerly known as the Minnesota Amateur Hockey Association) has been provides volunteer services for the development and promotion of all youth hockey in Minnesota.

Minnesota Recreation and Park Association
Minnesota Recreation and Park Association fosters the growth and development of the parks and recreation profession throughout the state. Its purpose of is to improve the quality of life in Minnesota by providing excellent park and recreation services by creating and supporting opportunities for all Minnesotans to live a healthy lifestyle through participation in physical activity, as well as to learn and grow as they experience the cultural and natural diversity of Minnesota’s parks and recreation facilities.

Minnesota State High School League
The Minnesota State High School League is a non-profit voluntary association of public and private schools that provides educational opportunities for students through 30 different interscholastic athletic and fine arts programs.  The League provides leadership and support services to students, member schools, coaches and officials.  The MSHSL conducts state tournaments in 26 activities and other purposes include the establishment of uniform and equitable rules for youth in interscholastic activities, and elevating standards of sportsmanship and citizenship. Minnesota ranks 8th in the nation with approximately 233,000 participants in athletic activities.

Minnesota Sports Federation
Founded in 1982, the MSF is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization that provides amateur-recreational activities and programs throughout the state for youth and adults. The MSF is committed to providing these services for sports enthusiasts regardless of age, race, gender, economic status or disability. Its mission is to provide wholesome sports opportunities that promote fitness, personal growth, good sportsmanship and the development of lifetime leisure skills by “Serving Minnesota Through Sports.”

Minnesota Youth Athletic Services
The Minnesota Youth Athletic Services (MYAS) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit and the state’s largest multi-sport organization focused solely on youth athletics with more than 150,000 participants in our 2004 programs. It  has programs in eleven sports; basketball, baseball, football, golf, gymnastics, martial arts, softball, swimming, track and field, volleyball and wrestling. MYAS also offers insurance, background checks, coaching education, referee training and other youth athletic services including partnerships with national sports organization such as AAU, ASEP and USSSA.

Minnesota Youth Soccer Association
The Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) is a Minnesota non-profit consisting of approximately 80,000 youth from across the entire state.  The organization offers a full range of quality services and programs to help enrich the experience level of every youth soccer player, including player development and coaching education throughout the region.

North Country Region, USA Volleyball
North Country Region USA Volleyball (NCR) is a non-profit organization and is a sub-division of USA Volleyball as well as the second largest region in the country. NCR provides educational courses for coaches, training for officials and many tournaments for juniors (girls and boys) and adults. Participants are provided insurance and all adults associated with junior teams are background screened.

Respect Sports
With a firm respect for sports and their potential to enrich a young person’s life, Frank White founded Respect Sports with a two-part mission.  First, he aims to raise people’s awareness about the violence and abuse that occur in sports in each community.  White reminds his audiences how vitally important it is “to examine the values that we are teaching.”  The second part of the Respect Sports mission is to provide a model for leaders, administrators, parents and participants to create a new direction for youth sports that is safer, healthier and more positive.

Tobacco-Free Youth Recreation
Tobacco-Free Youth Recreation (TFYR) is Minnesota’s statewide tobacco-free sports, parks, and recreation program.  TFYR strives to provide healthy recreational environments by assisting local officials and sports associations in adopting tobacco-free policies for parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, beaches, and other recreational areas.  TFYR also promotes tobacco-free sports by providing tobacco prevention tip sheets, posters, and other materials for coaches and youth.