Gophers featured on the MAGIC Bus (3/2/15)

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Some of you Gopher fans have seen our M.A.G.I.C. bus (Maroon and Gold Impacting the Community) visiting your schools, neighborhoods or communities. When you look at the bus, did you ever wonder how 12 of our 750 student-athletes receive the honor of being on the side of the bus? Here's the first of a four-part series on some of our great student-athletes who have given back and represented their program in a positive way. The first group recognized hails from football, women's basketball and men's gymnastics. Tune in next week for another edition!

Gopher Football: Peter Mortell (Green Bay, Wis./Notre Dame Academy HS)
Not only has he made his impact known on the field, but since he walked onto the University of Minnesota campus in 2010, Mortell has already volunteered for over 57 hours of community service. Attending HopeKids events, to reading to elementary children, Mortell has also visited the U of M Masonic Children's Hospital and the U of M's Youth Day Out. In addition to volunteering, Peter used his $452 Best Buy gift card that he received through the Citrus Bowl to purchase toys and every day necessities for the St. Joseph's Home for Children. For more on this story, read here. Thanks Peter for your contribution to the Gopher M.A.G.I.C. program. 

Gopher Women's Basketball: Rachel Banham (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North HS)
Rachel Banham has been giving back to her local community since the start of her freshman year in 2010. While becoming a standout in her own right, Banham has volunteered for over 94 hours as a Golden Gopher. With her decision to come back to Minnesota for her fifth year (red-shirting her senior year due to injury), Banham has helped out with the HopeKids organization, the Golden Gopher Fund Thank-a-Thon, Urban Adventures and the Women Run the Cities events. Thanks for helping out our local community Rachel. 

Men's Gymnastics: Paul Montague (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead HS)
In just his third year as a member of the Gopher men's gymnastics program, Paul Montague has already posted over 68 hours of community service. While helping raise money for cancer awareness to helping out at Feed My Starving Children, Montague has also logged additional hours on his own. During his time as a Gopher student-athlete, he's visited elementary schools and played bingo at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. Thanks you for all our outstanding efforts to give to those in need Paul.



Gophers Assist in Make-A-Wish Minnesota

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WCCO, Gopher Athletics, the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Vikings combined forces to assist one deserving Vadnais Heights boy a chance to reach his ultimate dream of going to the Super Bowl, all through the efforts of Make-A-Wish Minnesota. 

As Gabe Bartlett and WCCO raced around the Twin Cities area, the Gopher hockey program
assisted the avid sports fan in his Race for Wishes challenge. Here's how Gabe and WCCO accomplished this inspiring feat. Read the full article HERE and watch his Amazing Race efforts on Wednesday, February 26, 2015.



Unlimited Events 2015

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The M.A.G.I.C. program (Maroon and Gold Impacting the Community) and the Unlimited Dance Marathon are continuing its fundraising efforts for the the March 28 event.

This year's event, held March 28 from 12 p.m.-12 a.m., in the Sports Pavilion, will look to make just as big of an impact as it did in 2014. All donations and proceeds go directly towards the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

Haven't heard of the Unlimited Dance Marathon? It's a year-long fundraising effort culminating in a 12-hour Dance Marathon. No sleeping, no sitting, just dancing. We also raise emotional, financial support and awareness for children and their families treated at the Masonic Children's Hospital. Not a dancer? Not a problem, attendees can sign up for prizes, play games and listen to music.

As Gopher fans, you can help the cause. Click HERE to make an online donation or visit some of our upcoming events to for monetary donations as our student-athletes will continue the fundraising efforts.

Upcoming Unlimited Fundraising Events (all donations go towards U of M Masonic Children's Hospital)
Women's Basketball, Feb. 21 vs. Michigan, 1 p.m.
Women's Gym, Feb. 22 hosting Best of Minnesota, 2 p.m.
Men's Hockey, Feb. 27, vs Michigan State, 8 p.m.
Men's Gymnastics, March 7, vs. Iowa, 7 p.m.

Gopher Men's Hockey Aides St. Paul Police and Sanneh Foundation

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ABOUT THE SANNEH FOUNDATION

As the Gopher men's hockey team prepared for this upcoming weekend's battle with Ohio State, two members of the program took time to help the Sanneh Foundation and a group of the St. Paul Police Officers and their Police Activity League.

Seth Ambroz and Christian Isackson, along with six members of the St. Paul police held a skating and skills clinic at the Battle Creek Recreation Center. Wednesday's Under 12 free clinic kicked off the first of four upcoming events. The purpose of the clinics: to get more kids involved in the sport and outdoor recreation.

Recently KMSP-TV caught up with the group, check out their full feature here.



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Women's Hockey Visits Fan in Hospital

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As the Gopher women's hockey team was preparing for their Border Battle against Wisconsin earlier this month, the team took time out of their day to visit one special fan, who was being treated at a children's hospital in the Twin Cities area. The Gophers visited Bethany Schmidt, who is a goalie in the Windom youth hockey program.

Fourteen of the Gopher women's hockey team came to visit her and left her with an autographed stick and tickets to the upcoming series.

"The visit from the Gophers was medicine for her," Bethany's mom, Jacquie, said. "Her doctor came in the next day and couldn't believe her improvement. He'd never seen a patient start to recover as fast."

Read the full story HERE!

Unlimited Dance Marathon Set for Another Year

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As the spring semester is ready to begin, the Unlimited Dance Marathon fundraising efforts have ramped up as well. This year's event, held March 28 from 12 p.m.-12 a.m., in the Sports Pavilion, will look to make just as big of an impact as it did in 2014. All donations and proceeds go directly towards the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

Last year, Gopher Athletics assisted with the Unlimited Dance Marathon and raised nearly $29,000 in cash donations. Prior to Gopher Athletics involvement, Unlimited raised $13,800 in 2012-13 combined. With gift-in-kinds and cash donations, Unlimited and Gopher Athletics raised nearly $84,000 in 2014.

Haven't heard of the Unlimited Dance Marathon? It's a year-long fundraising effort culminating in a 12-hour Dance Marathon. No sleeping, no sitting, just dancing. We also raise emotional, financial support and awareness for children and their families treated at the Masonic Children's Hospital.

As Gopher fans, you can help the cause. Click here to make an online donation or visit some of our upcoming events to for monetary donations as our student-athletes will continue the fundraising efforts.

Unlimited Fundraising Events (all donations go towards U of M Masonic Children's Hospital)
Jan. 24, Men's Gymnastics vs. Air Force, 5 p.m., Sports Pavilion
Jan. 30, Wrestling vs. Iowa, 6 p.m., Williams Arena
Jan. 30, Women's Hockey vs. Ohio State, 7 p.m., Ridder Arena
Feb. 7, Men's Basketball vs. Purdue, 2 p.m., Williams Arena
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Gophers During the 2014 Holiday Season

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Check out what some of the Gophers did during the Holiday season!

Gopher Athletics held toy drives at the Dec. 18 wrestling match, the Dec. 19 Gopher men's basketball game and the Dec. 20 women's basketball game. As fans entered the arenas, Gopher Athletics raised over $2,500 and collected hundreds of new toys. The toy distribution benefited both Toys for Tots and the St. Joseph's Home for Children during this holiday season.

Happy Holidays Gopher Fans and thanks for your contribution!

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