MAST Update #1
Friday, August 27, 2021
Hello MAST Families:
Winter is in the air.... and the Goat Barn is too!
State Fair Admission Tickets for those planning to work the MAST State Fair Barn Cleaning Fundraiser on Labor Day will be available for pick up starting this Sunday.
Where: McConville's House
5057 Newton Avenue South / 55419
(on side deck facing park -51st street side - in a green bin)
Call or Text Matt McConville with questions 612-802-9560
When: Sunday, 8/29/21 to Sunday, 9/5/21 8am - 9pm
Monday (Labor Day) 9/6/21 8am - Noon
COVID SAFE PROTOCOLS
We are recommending the following for volunteers:
1. Only vaccinated volunteers participate in the Goat Barn fundraiser.
2. All volunteers wear masks the entire time.
Who Is Signed Up To Clean?
Listed below is a list of athletes and family members who are signed up to work the State Fair Fundraiser. This team is AMAZING. We have 98 people signed up to clean the Goat Barn. Thank you! We have 100 tickets. Don't hesitate to sign up as a substitute, in case some volunteers can't make it. MAST Goat Barn Cleaning Fundraiser Sign Up
Charlie Smith II
Thank you to all who will be helping to clean the goat barn.
This is the first fundraiser of the year and a great team builder as well. New athletes and families are welcome.
If you have any questions, please call me at 612-802-9560.
Thursday, August 26, 2021
Dear MAST Athletes, Alums, Parents, and Coaches:
With a heavy heart, and words that do not come easily, I must share some very sad news. After a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer, Scott Griggs passed away last Wednesday. Scott was diagnosed with cancer in his colon and liver back in December of 2018. With courage, hope, and determination, he fought back through endless sessions of chemotherapy and surgery. Scott is survived by his wife Jane and sons Nick and Logan. If you knew Scott, you knew this to be true about him: His love for his family was fierce.
Scott became involved with MAST in 2009 when his oldest son Nick joined the team as a seventh grader. He immediately volunteered to help on the hill as a coach, making it possible to bring new students onto the team who had zero to minimal experience. He loved coaching these enthusiastic newcomers to the sport, and they progressed quickly with Scott’s patient, easy-going coaching style. In those early years, we had three overnight camps at Welch each season. Scott was there to help on and off the hill, sleeping in musty cabins on uncomfortable steel framed beds. Never a complaint. He filled those mini camps with humor, generosity, and enthusiasm. Once the race season started, Scott was the first one to call, text or email me offering his time and talent “wherever you need me.” And in the preseason, Scott was there to clean the goat barn, welcome and mentor new families, assist with equipment procurement, and teach new athletes and parents how to tune skis. It was common for Scott to contact me with the observation that so-and-so was in “too stiff”, “too big”, or “too recreational” of a boot and he had an old race boot sitting around that would suit the skier better. Scott was thoughtful and generous. And even after Logan graduated in 2019, Scott’s support of our MAST athletes continued. Back on March 3, the coaches were thrilled and encouraged when Scott showed up on the bottom of South Wild to watch the second run of the Section IV Championship race. He was in the neighborhood and wanted to see the athletes compete.
Jane, Nick and Logan are planning a funeral for Scott in early September at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. I will let you know the details when they are decided. If you would like to send a card to the family, their address is 4444 Colfax Ave South, 55419. Scott’s impact on the success and culture of our team over the past twelve years was tremendous and his spirit has marked our team for years to come. What inspires me most, however, is how much love Scott had for his family. Thank you, Scott. You lived life fully and with the deepest kind of love. May you rest in peace.
Good Morning MAST Athletes, Parents, Siblings, Coaches, and Alumni:
The Goats are returning to the State Fair, which gives our MAST community the privilege of cleaning up their mess. This is our first team fundraiser for the 2021-22 season and we need your help.
State Fair Goat Barn Fundraiser
Monday, September 6, 5:30-9PM (Labor Day)
We have 100 State Fair Admission Tickets for the first 100 people to sign up. Instructions for picking up your tickets will come in an email in the next week or so.
Click on the link below to sign up for this awesome team building and fundraising event. Please enter the name, phone number and email address of everyone who will be assisting with the Goat Barn Cleaning.
MAST Goat Barn Cleaning Fundraiser Sign Up