Gopher Athletes Visit Maxfield Elementary
University of Minnesota Athletics and National Organizer for Public Achievement Dennis Donovan partnered together and visited Maxfield Elementary (St. Paul, Minn.) on Monday, April 25.

The Maxfield students are using Public Achievement to work on issues such as bullying, gun violence and racism and shared their work with the Gopher student-athletes. Throughout the year Donovan's class has been involved in working with people within community settings to learn from and contribute to creating stronger communities. This meeting was a powerful experience for both the Maxfield students and the Gopher student-athletes as they shared their own stories, citizen work and dreams.

Most of the athletes are currently or were in Donovan's U of M Community Organizing for the Common Good course. Attending the event were Gopher football student-athletes Moses Alipate , Michael Carter , Mike Henry , DeLeon Eskridge , Eric Jacques , Victor Keise , Brandon Kirksey , Donnell Kirkwood , Ed Olson , J.D. Pride , Shady Salamon and Devon Wright and rowing’s Erika Berg and Debbie Brzozowski .

Public Achievement was created in 1990 by the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, which is part of Augsburg College in Minneapolis. The center offers customized training designed to bring democratic purpose into workplaces, classrooms, and communities. There are active Public Achievement groups in the United States (Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota and Missouri), Northern Ireland, North Africa (Morocco), Middle East (Gaza and the West Bank), Eurasia (Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan), Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine) and Balkans (Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Serbia).

For more information on Public Achievement or the Center for Democracy and Citizenship’s training programs and training staff, visit



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