Minneapolis, MN – The YMCA of the North, a leading nonprofit dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, is sponsoring, along with the Minnesota Lynx and Timberwolves, Ballard Spahr LLC, Robins Kaplan LLC and Stinson LLP, the inaugural City Coach Faceoff Thursday, August 18 in downtown Minneapolis.

Local comedian Greg Coleman II will emcee the event where basketball coaches from each Minneapolis public high school will compete against each other in various challenges on the court. A skills test sponsored by the Minnesota Lynx and Timberwolves will follow, and attendees can pick up a free day pass from the YMCA.

“The Y believes kids who play sports discover so much more than their athletic abilities,” said Andrew Hoffman, executive director at YMCA of the North. “Youth build character, develop self-confidence and create healthy relationships. This event celebrates sports and the coaches making a positive impact on our youth.”

“There is so much to love about the YMCA, downtown Minneapolis, and our public high schools—but all three could use a boost after a couple of tough years in our city,” said Leita Walker, partner at Ballard Spahr. “This is an event that celebrates and brings visibility to all three and we hope fans of our city schools will come out, enjoy our beautiful downtown on a summer day, and support the men and women who give so much to our youth.”

YMCA of the North Along with Minnesota Lynx and Timberwolves, Ballard Spahr LLC, Robins Kaplan LLC and Stinson LLP

Inaugural City Coach Faceoff

Outside on US Bancorp Center located at Nicollet Mall and 9th Street in Downtown Minneapolis

Thursday, August 18 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

About the YMCA of the North

The YMCA of the North is a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Established 166 years ago, the Ys provide life-strengthening services across the greater Twin Cities metro region, southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin communities. The 29 Y locations and program sites, eight overnight camps, 10 day camps, and more than 90 child care sites engage more than 370,000 men, women and children of all ages, incomes and backgrounds. To learn more about the Y’s mission and work, visit www.ymcanorth.org.