ACES (Athletes Committed to Educating Students)


At ACES, we believe in the ability for all students to succeed. We work with youth in underserved communities to make that success a reality. Our sole mission is to reduce the academic achievement gap in the Twin Cities and improve the likelihood of success for students.

Here’s what four-year ACES student, Kalid, says about his experience:

“ACES has been my second home for the past four years. I joined ACES in fifth grade after moving from Ethiopia to Minneapolis. ACES helped me learn English and get involved in my community. I like coming to ACES because it combines two of my favorite things: math and sports. Being a part of the ACES team has encouraged me to try my best, which has made me a better student and person.”

As Kalid states, ACES has the power to change the future for our students. Today we ask you for your donation so that we can continue to make a difference for students like Kalid.  Dedicated donors are at the heart of our work. 

We invite you to take part in this day of giving and make a difference in the lives of our young learners this year.  Your donation will provide ACES with teachers, supplies, and other needed resources to improve the lives of hundreds of kids.  Teamwork is essential to ACES’ success—please join our team and donate today!

Minnesota Wild defenseman, Matt Dumba, has generously provided a $5,000 match to double gifts of $50 or more. Help us reach our goal!

For more information about ACES, visit our website at

About ACES:

ACES is an out-of-school time program that aims to reduce the stark achievement gap in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, where only 25% of low-income students and students of color are proficient in math compared to the 72% proficiency rate of their peers. 

ACES changes this narrative, teaming up with schools and communities to add supplemental academic hours to the day for students in 4th-8th grade. ACES makes our academic and social-emotional programming accessible and fun by bringing learning to life through the lens of sports. Curriculum activities inspire interest and engagement in sports history, statistics, and science, motivating students to learn and emboldening them to achieve their dreams. ACES holistically supports students by cultivating a team environment in each classroom, encouraging students to work together and support one another just like professional athletes do. The result is a winning combination.

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