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NSC Minnesota Stars Will Conduct School Supply Drive August 21 Game v Portland

2010 August 19
by From the Wire

BLAINE, Minn. (July 28, 2010) – The NSC Minnesota Stars will partner with The Caring Tree for a school supply drive during their August 21 home game against the Portland Timbers. Fans are encouraged to donate supplies or money to help the thousands of Minnesota children living below the poverty level go back to school with the tools they need for a successful academic year.

“We believe that no child should ever have to experience the humiliation of going back to school unprepared,” said Karla Keller Torp, executive director of The Caring Tree. “Thanks to the combined efforts of NSC Minnesota Stars and the community, we have established the means to assist thousands of low-income school children.  These donations have a direct impact on improving a student’s self esteem, motivation and learning skills.”

The Stars will place collection areas for supplies at the north and southwest entrances to NSC Stadium and will have jars for monetary donations at both north and south concessions.

“One of our goals as an organization is to be involved in the community, and that commitment reaches far beyond the soccer field,” NSC Minnesota general manager Kris Bjerkness said.

Amos Magee is a name familiar to Stars fans. Amos was a long time Minnesota Thunder player and has been inducted into both the Thunder and the USL Hall of Fame. Magee is now Assistant Coach and Director of Soccer Development for the Portland Timbers and will make the trip back to Minnesota for Saturdays game. Magee graduated from SPA high school, received his bachelors degree from Wesleyan University and his masters in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota. Magee believes in the importance of education and feels every child should have the opportunity to learn.

“Every kid needs a chance to be successful in school,” said Magee from Portland Oregon. “This oftentimes sets the foundation for success in life.  A notebook or a pen may make all the difference.  Join with all of us in helping kids reach their full potential.”

Supplies needed include: backpacks, notebooks, loose-leaf paper, three-ring binders, pocket folders, pencil cases, erasers, pencil sharpeners, pens, pencils, crayons, colored pencils, markers, highlighters, rulers, scissors, rulers, glue sticks and dictionaries.

About the Caring Tree:
The Caring Tree’s mission is to promote educational success for Minnesota’s K-12 students in need by ensuring that they have the appropriate school supplies. Since 1993, the Caring Tree has helped more than 183,000 Minnesota students enjoy a better start to the school year. The organization is tax-exempt as described in Sections 501(c)3 and 509(a)1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

2 Responses
  1. tomASS permalink
    August 19, 2010

    I applaud the Stars for making this effort to support community, charitable causes. The problem is they are relying on the existing and expected crowd to make this successful. Why not say$25 dollars of school supplies gets you a free ticket. I don’t know what the magic number would be, but the way this is positioned does not create this as a destination event for new fans to participate. They are only relying on their core fan base.

    Brian, you have stated that these are good people working their asses off and I believe you, I hate being critical based upon that. It just doesn’t seem they leverage opportunities to the greatest degree and potential that they could. Of course I would have asked Caring Tree to assist with the promotion by leveraging their community position and good standing to approach the community soccer clubs to alert them to the promotion.

  2. Soccer Boy permalink
    August 19, 2010

    I am collecting school supplies at my office. This is a great way to give back to the community!

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