Challenge for Children BIG Game

Erika Emerick
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MN Pro Paintball raises money for Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN – MN Pro Paintball hosts the 5th annual Challenge for Children’s Big Game on Sunday, May 19th 2013. Challenge for Children’s is one of the most unique charity events in Minnesota with over 700 people playing in a scenario-based paintball game in which all profits benefit Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. This year’s event will feature two Navy Seals as game commanders, a live band during lunch, and a vendor area for local businesses.

So far the event has raised over $100,000 for the cardiac unit at Children’s. Briana Oakes, Senior Benefit Associate says, “Challenge for Children’s continues to be one of the largest privately run fundraising events for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. At Children’s we rely on the community to deliver the highest quality of care possible to our patients so groups like MN Pro Paintball are key to making that happen!” The goal is to raise $35,000 during this year’s event.

Matt Ames, the president and CEO of MN Pro Paintball started the Challenge for Children’s event in 2009 after being a patient at the hospital since he was born. He says, “I started the event as a way to give back to the hospital that has done so much for me and my family, but also as a way to involve the community and have fun. Paintball is a great sport because anyone can play regardless of experience or skill level.” Challenge for Children’s is suitable for all levels of players from first-timers to experienced veterans. Every year patients from Children’s are also invited to participate in the event.

The 5th annual Challenge for Children’s takes place at MN Pro Paintball’s 200 acre park in Lakeville, MN on Sunday, May 19th 2013 from 9 am – 5 pm. Pre-registration is open until Tuesday, May 14th for $30 online and at all of MN Pro Paintball’s locations. Registration includes admission to the game and unlimited air fills. Rental packages are available for $15 and field paint is sold onsite. Visit for more details on the event.

About MN Pro Paintball: MN Pro Paintball is the closest paintball park to the Twin Cities. Located on 200 acres in Lakeville, the park features ten different fields that each offer a unique playing experience including a tournament style x-ball field and woodsball fields complete with a castle and urban settings. MN Pro Paintball also offers the largest inventory of paintball supplies in two retail stores located in Burnsville and Minnetonka for all of your paintball needs.

About Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota: Serving as Minnesota's children's hospital since 1924, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health care organization in the United States, with 340 staffed beds at its two hospitals in St. Paul and Minneapolis. An independent, not-for-profit health care system, Children's of Minnesota provides care through more than 12,000 inpatient visits and more than 200,000 emergency room and other outpatient visits every year. Children's is the only Minnesota hospital system to provide comprehensive care exclusively to children.