A new academic year is upon us yet again!  While parents and students double check their school supply list in preparation for a new school year many of them may overlook the importance of laying out a plan for academic success.

Having an academic success plan has becoming more crucial as the academic landscape continues to become more competitive year after year.  Having a laid out plan  could be the differentiating part of a student’s academic success for the upcoming school year and beyond.

Starting an academic success plan should start year in the school year and ideally should be one of the first tasks a student completes at the beginning of any school semester.  It will help guide a student through the process of reflecting on what worked in the past but also to think about what changes they can make based on prior learnings they have had.  Long term planning will allow a student to have the framework in place to help them meet their academic goals.

At Kids on the Line we will have every student go through an academic success plan where they will reflect on things that worked in the past but also things that didn’t go so well.  They will also highlight subjects that they are passion about along with subjects that they may need to work on so they can focus on getting a well-rounded educational experience. Going through this process will allow us to cater how we help tutor our students in their academics to help them be successful.


One Wall Handball Celebration

Join your local handball community as we celebrate the completion of a new outdoor handball court in Clayland Park! Experienced players will be there to give a short training session to help teach you about the great sport of handball. Learn a great sport, spend some time outside and meet those in your community.

Where: Clayland Park Saint Paul MN
When: August 14th 1:30-3:00 (reschedule to August 15 if it rains)

The Minnesota Youth Handball program would like to thank and recognize Timothy Leahy, who recently passed away, for donating money to the youth program. Tim’s wife Paula decided to recognize the great gift of handball in Tim’s life by donating money to help young people who love (or are perhaps just learning) handball. The youth program will use the funds that the Leahys have donated to send young people to the World handball competition.

Tim started playing handball when he was in college at Saint John’s University in the 1960s. He enjoyed playing handball regularly, in tournaments and recreationally, for nearly five decades. Tim made many life-long friends while playing handball, and he always encouraged young people to learn the sport because they can enjoy it for their entire lives. Tim certainly did!


Juniors get the final words: Thank you!

Donations open door to a great experience

any juniors are able to travel to USHA national events only because of the generous donations to the
Ardito Travel Fund. Each recipient of travel money writes a letter of appreciation to his or her sponsor. Here are some examples of the juniors’ thoughts on the donors’ generosity:
I’m 16 years old and have been playing handball for 11 years. I’m so thankful that you were able to help support me in coming out to Portland, Ore., for my 10th junior nationals. I look forward to this tournament all year.
I have a brother, mom and dad who all play handball, as it has turned into a family affair. Sometimes all four of us will play in tournaments together. I started playing handball at the Lattof YMCA with Don Quinlan’s group and I’ve loved it ever since. This past year I have started to play in the open brackets at tournaments around the Midwest.
Once again, I would like to thank you for your help and support as it means more to me than you could think.
Ray Ure, Des Plaines, Ill.

I am 9 years old and the youngest player in the juniors tournament. I have been playing handball for one year.
My granddad is my coach. We practice three times a week. Bob Hickman teaches a class on Saturdays.
I want to have fun and win more games. My goal is to be the best handball player possible. My life goal is to get good grades and be the best person I can be.
Joshua Smith, Colorado Springs

I’m from Ireland, and this is my first time being at the junior nationals. I’m playing in the 19-and-under division in singles and doubles. I started playing handball at 14 and haven’t looked back since.

Being here has been a great experience, especially seeing all the players America and Canada have to offer. I’ve also made new friends and broadened my handball horizons.

I cannot thank you enough for helping fund and run this tournament as it really is the best junior tournament I’ve been to. It has improved my game tenfold. The chance to participate somewhere like the MAC really is a dream come true.

Thank you again and hopefully someday
I’ll do the same.
Brooklyn Hickey, Mallow, Ireland


Isaac Alberg (left) won the award for most improved, named for Lattof YMCA players Kate Conlon and Kurt Johannson, and Joseph Lallier earned the sportsmanship award, named after Vince Gabriele Jr. Alberg, in only his second year, became one of the most competitive juniors, and Lallier pitched in whenever help was needed.


A.J. Wilkinson, who won a title in his first USHA event, receives the best newcomer honor from LeaAnn Martin. The award is named for Tom Lynch, who has spearheaded fundraising for the annual juniors travel awards.

A.J. Wilkinson, who won a title in his first USHA event, receives the best newcomer honor from LeaAnn Martin. The award is named for Tom Lynch, who has spearheaded fundraising for the annual juniors travel awards.

I am 13 and have been playing handball for about two years. This is my second nationals. I play handball, tennis, soccer, volleyball and track and field. I am a triplet and have two sisters who also play handball.
I play handball at the Lattof YMCA and my coach is Don Quinlan. I play handball one day a week for two hours a day, sometimes three.
Thank you so much for your generosity. I really appreciate it.
Zoe Klicker, Arlington Heights, Ill.

I want to thank you for helping us come to Portland, Ore. I had a great time here and wish to come again.
I’ve been playing handball for five years now, and ever since I returned my first shot in the short court I fell in love with it. I am
13 now, and I participated in the 13-and- under small-ball bracket. I won two games and sadly lost two.
I’m glad I lost because I learn from my losses. I’m ready for the 2019 nationals and thankful for you.
Antonio Rivera, Tucson

I am 12 years old and have been playing handball for seven years. I like handball because it keeps you in shape and it’s fun to play.
I appreciate you for supporting me because it has helped me be where I am now. And without you I wouldn’t be able to go on big trips like Portland, Ore., and Chicago. Thank you for your donations and supporting the Fred Lewis Foundation.
Ayden Brule, Tucson


Steve Kufus handball tourney 2019

Steve Kufus who has given time to help teach, moral support and financial support to the Minnesota Youth Handball Community was awarded the tournament name this year. Steve was recognized as a person that has given a lot to promote handball in Minnesota.

The Midway YMCA has a program called Court Sports where handball, racquetball and wolleyball is taught. This years Minnesota State Handball 2019 tournament was held at the University of Minnesota. Ayan Hassan, an 11-year-old from Friends School won the 2 bounce Youth Handball Tournament.

This year the Youth Handball Program group taught 40 to 50 young adults (from eight different countries). Mitchell Lallier, along with the older players, worked with the younger players (5-12) while Phil Gebben Green, along with the University of Minnesota students, worked with the older players. to learn the value of playing handball. They teach not only handball but leadership, responsibility, honesty, friendship, and sportsmanship.

Story taken from The Monitor

Kids on the Line Business Overview ~ Reviewed: 7/12/2019

Executive summary:

Kids on the Line will strive to expose multicultural students in the local Twin Cities to help prepare them for education beyond high school through tutoring them on leadership, community service,leadership,and life skills.

We will be partnering with the Midway YMCA after school program to recruit students to our program and we will ask fora 3 month commitment in order to minimize turnover. Students will be tutored with work study Hamline University students twice a week where they will focus on academics and life skills. Students from Hamline University will gain invaluable work experience by partnering with our program and will be recognized for helping our kids reach their goals.

Long term plans include partnering with other local after school programs in a similar format. We will take learnings from our pilot program at the Midway YMCA to ensure that any program expansions are executed flawlessly.

Mission Statement:

To be a catalyst to encourage multicultural students in the Twin Cities to further their education, develop leadership kills,give back to the community and improve their health through the sport of handball.

Market Analysis:

The vast majority of parents see the value of after school program with 82% supporting public funding for these enrichment programs.The labor market has been slowly shifting to both parents working full time over the years but recently the market has made a strong swing in that direction makes after school programs even more important to local families. Providing enriching after school programing not only allows both parents continue to work on their professional development but also allows their children to be exposed to new and interesting ideas outside of the classroom.

Looking at the numbers a vast amount of K-12 students are not involved in any after school program. The barriers to their involvement may include financial barriers along with lack of transportation or even lack of interest or support in the current list of particular activities. Adding a different program,such as Urban Handball;to the list may strike the interest of a subset of these students.

Source: After School Alliance

Organization and management:

• Board of directors (in progress)
o David Engler
o Gail Cederberg o Dave Dahl

• Advisory board
o Phil Gebben Green o Mitchell allier
o Tom Pearson o Greg Taylor
o Erica Villanueva
o Jazmin Danielson (TBD)

Services Provided:

• Tutoring on both academics and life skills
• Opportunity to give back through community service
• Givingstudents a place to meet new friends and make long lastingfriendships
• Opportunity to learn how to planhandballto improve their health and work on sportsmanship

Since 2009, several of us have been teaching the wonderful sport of handball to young people at the Midway YMCA and at the University of Minnesota.  This year we are sending six teenage players to the World Handball Championship in Minneapolis, August 9-19, 2018.  Three of these young men came from families that could not afford membership at the YMCA.  Because of the scholarships from your Foundation, these young men are able to use the Y handball courts during the summer and prepare for the international competition in August.

The Minnesota Youth Handball community would like to thank you for the scholarships you made available for youth in St. Paul.  It is making a real difference for our program and for these young men.  We hope to make Minnesota and the Midway Y proud at the World Championships. Again thank you for your support of Youth in Minnesota.

Mitchell Lallier delivers flowers on Valentine's Day

The Friendship Club, started in 1965 by Gary and Jean Ales, again brought flowers to Little Sisters of the Poor, Episcopal Homes, Humboldt High School and the Midway YMCA. The Friendship Club collected flowers from Sam’s Club in Eagan to be shared with seniors and other community groups. Jerry Quinn organized a group of residents, including former St. Paul Mayor George Latimer, former St. Paul City Councilwoman Ruby Hunt, Lyn Lawyer, and Mitchell Lallier to distribute the roses to those living at the Episcopal Homes. While Quinn was passing out flowers, he handed out a dozen yellow roses to a mother and daughter. There were tears running down her cheeks, happy at the remembrance of her husband. The daughter said that her mother always received a dozen roses from her father on Valentine’s Day. All day long similar stories were shared from the Episcopal Homes and Little Sisters of the Poor. (Photo provided)

Original article published in the Midway Monitor. See it here

Midway YMCA has always been a hotbed for Handball. A few key long time handball players Gary Aeles, Rich Ryan, Emanuel Woods, Ray Miller, Greg Taylor, Ted Bergstrom ( 83 years young) and all the other handball players have helped build a new group of young handball players at the Y.

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