Paul’s Pals Releases Adaptive Athlete Series Video

August 2, 2019

Paul’s Pals unveiled their new Adaptive Athlete Series video at the 24th Annual Paul’s Party on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Oak Ridge Country Club. The video served as part of the Fund-A-Dream portion of the event, where donors rally together behind a cause.

This year, Paul’s Pals chose to raise funds for their new programming, the Super Series, along with two other events where they were key partners: the Discover Abilities Expo and the Adaptive Sports USA Jr Nationals.

Together, donors were able to raise over $40,000 to continue to provide these events to the community in 2020. Who knows, maybe there will even be an inclusive basketball or hockey experience on the horizon!

The 2019 Paul’s Pals Adaptive Athlete Series included the events below. In 2020 and beyond, the hope is to expand to offer even more inclusive sporting experiences and partner with even more community organizations to provide meaningful adaptive opportunities for Minnesota.

Super Fest | Football & Cheerleading | MN Vikings
Super Star Classic | Baseball | St. Paul Saints
Super Cup | Soccer | MN United FC
Discover Abilities Expo | Adaptive Sports Showcase | Presented by Courage Kenny
Junior Nationals | Adaptive Sports Competition | Presented by Adaptive Sports USA

Our Adaptive Athlete Series was sparked by The Matthew Foundation‘s Super Fest, an annual inclusive football and cheerleading clinic held the day before the Super Bowl in the host city. When the Super Bowl and Super Fest came to Minneapolis, Paul’s Pals served on the host committee and the event received an overwhelming amount of support from the Minnesota community.

Minneapolis became the first ever satellite location for Super Fest in 2019 in partnership with the Matthew Foundation and over ten local community partners, including the Minnesota Vikings and Life Time Sport Winter Park.

We were overwhelmed by the amount of support and obvious need for events where children with and without disabilities could play together that we decided to expand to baseball and soccer in 2019!

We hosted the first annual Super Star Classic on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 in partnership with the JP4 Foundation and the Saint Paul Saints in conjunction with the American Association All-Star Game.

In addition, we will be hosting Super Cup this fall in partnership with the MN United FC.

What sports would you like to see us expand to? Email events@pauls-pals.org with your thoughts.