UMR Makes Big Donation to Local Youth Oriented Charities

Created: 06/16/2014 12:53 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The University of Minnesota Rochester has made a huge contribution to three local charities in the Rochester area. UMR is donating more than $25,000 to the Rochester Area Family Y, $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester and another $10,000 to the United Way of Olmsted County.

Ironically, the money was made available due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State. Because of the scandal, Penn State was is required to forfeit its football bowl revenue from 2012 through 2016 back to the Big Ten Conference. This year the University of Minnesota received nearly $230,000, which in turn was equally distributed to the University's five campuses.

Last year the University of Minnesota donated its share to the Greater Twin Cities United Way, but this year, the U's five campus chancellors were each given the opportunity to select their own charitable recipients.

"Our strategic community partners will leverage these funds to expand and enhance the dynamic programs they deliver to meet the needs of our youth in Rochester," said Rochester Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle.

As part of sanctions imposed on Penn State, the school's share of Big Ten bowl revenues from 2012-13 through 2015-16 are designated for charitable donations. The total of Penn State's forfeited share this year is $2.752 million.