SAINT PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and representatives of the Saint Paul Port Authority, Securian Financial and local nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing ice sports opportunities to under-represented youth held a ribbon cutting ceremony today to celebrate the grand opening of the Securian Financial Equity on Ice Education Center.
The Securian Financial Foundation provided a $100,000 grant to support the development of the space, housed within Treasure Island Center (400 Wabasha Street North), in collaboration with Capital City Properties, the nonprofit arm of the Saint Paul Port Authority.
The Securian Financial Equity on Ice Education Center will neighbor TRIA Rink, the Minnesota Wild’s practice facility, and serve four nonprofit organizations—Brownbody, DinoMights, Friends of Saint Paul Hockey and the Saint Paul Police Activities League.
The center will give the organizations the space they need—rent free—to grow their programs in Saint Paul, with a dedicated office, on-site storage, a large multi-purpose room for tutoring, mentoring and board meetings, and easy access to TRIA Rink, just three floors above.
Why Equity on Ice?
In 2017, the Saint Paul Port Authority* worked hand-in-hand with the Minnesota Wild to build TRIA Rink, the team’s practice facility that rivals any in North America. Today, the Wild manage the rink and schedule ice time. Because the Wild only need 5% of the rink’s ice time, there is much available for community use. To date, numerous teams and organizations from throughout the Twin Cities have purchased TRIA Rink ice time for games, practices and camps.
To get inner city Saint Paul youth greater access to this world class facility in their own home town, the Port Authority began connecting with nonprofit organizations with expertise in both youth development and leveraging hockey or figure skating as part of their community outreach.
The Port Authority first connected with DinoMights, a Minneapolis nonprofit that merges hockey with tutoring and mentoring—with impressive results. Since 1995, 86% of DinoMights participants have graduated high school, a significantly higher rate than the Minneapolis student population as a whole. The Port Authority is convinced this success can be duplicated in Saint Paul.
The Port Authority was then introduced to Brownbody, a nonprofit focused on building artistic experiences that disrupt biased narratives and prompt audiences to engage as active participants in the journey. Brownbody accomplishes this through a blend of modern dance, theater, social justice and figure skating.
Next was the Saint Paul Police Activities League (PAL). PAL’s mission is to build trust and understanding between police officers and youth. The organization accomplishes this goal through education, athletics and recreational activities.
Finally, the Port Authority met with Friends of Saint Paul Hockey. This nonprofit’s mission is to minimize financial barriers that keep kids from playing hockey. Much of their time focuses on fundraising. Thanks to their efforts, youth from Saint Paul and Ramsey County who want to play hockey have better access to ice time for open hockey, free introductory teams, equipment exchanges, scholarships and access to training that is common in the suburbs but rare in the city.
Together, these nonprofits will help bring Equity on Ice to TRIA Rink and further their respective missions. Funds raised through Capital City Properties, the nonprofit arm of the Saint Paul Port Authority, were used to build the Securian Financial Equity on Ice Center, and future funds raised will secure ice time for the nonprofits at TRIA Rink.
About Securian Financial
At Securian Financial, we’re here for family. And we’re here because of it. We’re guided by our purpose: helping customers build secure tomorrows. Since 1880, we’ve been building a uniquely diversified company that has outlasted economic ups and downs while staying true to our customers. We’re committed to the markets we serve, providing insurance, investment and retirement solutions that give families the confidence to focus on what’s truly valuable: banking memories with those who matter most.
Headquartered in Saint Paul since its founding, Securian Financial employs more than 2,900 associates in the city.
About the Saint Paul Port Authority
The Minnesota Legislature established the Saint Paul Port Authority as a nonprofit governmental agency in 1929 to manage the Saint Paul Harbor. In 1955, the Legislature authorized the Port to engage in economic development activities inland. The Port’s first redevelopment project, Riverview Business Center, was built in 1962. Since then, 16 more inland business centers have been developed, contributing approximately 25,000 good paying jobs to the City of Saint Paul.
The Saint Paul Port Authority is managed by a 7-member Board of Commissioners. The Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Saint Paul to 6-year terms. Two members of the Saint Paul City Council sit on the Board. The organization also follows guidelines set forth in Minnesota State Statutes. The Saint Paul Port Authority receives funding from a number of sources including grants from Capital City Properties, interest income from loan products, fees billed for services and Saint Paul tax levies.