Owatonna Eagles President Jim Karsten and Trustee Dan Kubista presented the Owatonna Youth Scholarship Assistance Fund Chair Tyler Cochran with a $3,500 donation October 26. This donation was made available through the Owatonna Eagles’ charitable gambling fund. Through the charitable gambling fund, the Owatonna Eagles donated $118,627 to the local community over the past year.
The Youth Scholarship Assistance Fund is a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports Owatonna youth in participating in programs and services offered by the City of Owatonna Parks and Recreation Department and the Community Education Kids First programs.
The Owatonna Parks and Recreation Department extends appreciation to its sponsors for their invaluable support for youth sports programs. These contributions allow the City to provide low-cost programs and ensure participants have access to jerseys and equipment for various sports. These sponsorships provide positive exposure for businesses and nurture healthy lifestyles and team spirit among youth. The list of sponsors is long and their vital role is appreciated and acknowledged.
The dedicated volunteer coaches who support these programs through their tireless efforts also deserve recognition as their contributions make a significant impact. By committing more than 3,500 hours, their efforts are instrumental in managing practices, scrimmages and games. Participants’ parents are encouraged to consider coaching.
With the youth basketball season fast approaching and plans underway for soccer next spring, community members are invited to get involved as volunteer coaches to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Owatonna’s youth athletes.
For information about how youth can apply for Youth Scholarship Assistance fund, coaching opportunities or to donate, contact the Owatonna Parks and Recreation office at 507-444-4321.