Young Athletes Foundation

You support them. We support you.

A main focus of our organization is to promote the growth of young athletes. That’s why we have created the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF). Through this arm of Grandma’s, we help community members and businesses that inspire kids to be healthy. Become a sponsor today or apply for a grant if your organization’s goals align with ours.

Young Athletes Foundation Programs


Kids ages 14 and under are invited to join us for our NEW Saturday Morning at the Races program held in January and February.  These fun runs are completely free of charge and open to all! After speeding around indoor tracks at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the College of St. Scholastica and the University of Wisconsin-Superior,  children will receive a FREE t-shirt and meet their favorite mascots!

2017 Dates

January 7: UMD Ward Wells Fieldhouse – 1228 University Dr.  Duluth

January 14: CSS Burns Wellness Center – 1200 Kenwood Ave.  Duluth

February 4: UWS Lydia S. Thering Fieldhouse – 1810 Catlin Ave. Superior

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These popular, free races for children ages 14 and under are held for six consecutive Wednesdays in July and August. This YAF activity attracts an average of 500 children each week. Every participant is a champion and receives a ribbon at the end of their event.


This program was developed to provide free running shoe certificates to high school cross-country and track athletes who need shoes, but can’t afford them. The YAF has donated over 3,200 pairs of running shoes since 1991.


The YAF Grant Program was started in 1990 with the goal of providing money to nonprofit organizations in Lake, Cook, Carlton, Douglas and St. Louis Counties that strive to provide children with opportunities to participate in recreational and athletic activities. These funds are available to aid organizations with program development and/or to help purchase new equipment needed for the continued success and safety of their programs.  Apply here.


$1,000 is given annually to one female and one male UMD cross-country runner. Recipients must be UMD sophomores, juniors or seniors from the YAF geographic boundaries.

Races that support the YAF

The Young Athletes Foundation is able to provide this support through benefit races and special fundraising. The Saint Fennessy 4K, Fitger’s 5K, Park Point 5-Miler and Live & Silent Auction are the basis of these fundraising efforts. Since its inception, the YAF has contributed more than $750,000 to nonprofit youth athletic organizations and programs.

St. FennessyFitgers Park Pt. 5


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