MDRA is pleased to announce the first recipient of the Community Giving Grant!
The Washington Technology Magnet Track & Field and Cross Country team will receive
$500 to be used for team gear, providing a quality experience and building a community of runners. Their vision is in line with one of our stated goals: to promote participation in running. We are very happy to be part of supporting their effort.
The grant will help them to bridge the time gap between cross country and track and field seasons. Over the winter months their athletes are unable to run when the winter weather arrivesbecause they lack the basic exercise gear most students in the state have access to. They plan to use the grant to purchase a combination of team issued jackets, hats, gloves and pants so that their athletes can train together on their own over the winter months.
Washington Technology Magnet (WTM) is a public school in the St. Paul Public School District. It is located in the North End neighborhood of St. Paul and the vast majority of students come from Frogtown, the North End and the East Side, three of the poorest neighborhoods in St. Paul with some of least accessible roads for running and lack of safe trails. Over 90 percent of students are on free and reduced lunch and almost every athlete on their cross country and track and field team is a first generation runner.