The Minnesota Swarm announced today it will donate half of its new season ticket revenue between now and its next home game February 6 to Make-A-Wish Minnesota.
Season ticket packages for Minnesota's professional lacrosse team range from $207.50 to $790 for nine games, so that could end up being a decent amount of dough. Team officials say it sold about 2,850 season ticket packages before the season began.
The Swarm have had a relationship with Make-A-Wish MN dating back to 2012, when players made a surprise visit to 11-year-old Maddie Althoff at her school and presented her with new gear and season tickets. Althoff is a huge lacrosse fan who suffers from a rare bone marrow condition.
"We saw right away the impact Make-A-Wish can have on children's lives," said Alec Schimke, Swarm director of media relations.
"Hopefully it's going to be a good chunk of change; we don't really know how it will go," added Swarm co-owner Andy Arlotta. "This doesn't mean we're in a financially great position, but this is a way that we can give back to the community and make some wishes come true."
Arlotta says he expects the Swarm to contend this year, especially with the addition of rookie Miles Thompson, who tied the NCAA season scoring record last year.
"He's the most electric player in the world right now," said Arlotta.
The Swarm lost their season opener 20-13 to Colorado, but Thompson registered a hat trick.
At a time when every other Minnesota sports franchise is disappointing, embarrassing, or just flat-out depressing, it's nice to feel hope.
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