Athletes for MN Kids

Athletes for MN Kids is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which raises money to benefit the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. The goal of the organization is to bring local athletes and business people together to help raise funds to provide care and support for the children who need it most.


Athletes for MN Kids was founded in 2019 by Joel Kunza and Jon Walburg; two businessmen who wanted to find a way to give back and make an impact in their community. The best way they knew how to do this? Build a network and connect fellow business owners and local athletes with a common mission: helping kids in need!

100% of funds raised by Athletes for MN Kids and the sponsored events go directly towards the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

This Minneapolis based pediatric hospital provides a broad range of care to children of all ages, including surgery, cardiovascular intensive care, cardiac and oncology, marrow and organ transplantation, and a birth and family center.

The Masonic Children’s Hospital admits approximately 150 patients a day. These patients are sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, newborns to teenagers. These patients are children who deserve the best care possible.


It is the goal of this non-profit to support these children and their families.

The University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital was ranked amongst the best in the nation in 2018 by U.S. News and World Report. This is the 11th consecutive year the hospital has received national honors.

This hospital was the first to implement a successful pediatric blood marrow transplant, infant heart transplant in Minnesota, and cochlear ear implant surgery for a child. With donations and continued support, the Masonic Children’s Hospital is able to treat their patients with innovative approaches and reach medical breakthroughs just like these.


Athletes for MN Kids is community-driven and kid-focused.