An offseason win for the Wildcats
Dodge County girls hockey team manager and K-M freshman Eric Fagerlind was sitting in the Kasson-Mantorville High School Learning Center when he got the text he’d been waiting for.
It simply read: “The grant is ours.”
Fagerlind couldn’t believe it.
“I was astonished, to say the least. This was something long awaited and I was shocked,” he said.
“The grant” referred to the $20,000 Nerd Out and Win, a team-centered grant promoted by Nerds, a product of the Ferrera Candy Company.
Months earlier, Fagerlind had stumbled across the grant while watching one of his favorite YouTube channels, which happened to be sponsored by Nerds to promote the grant.
Once he learned about the grant, it didn’t take him long to decide to apply for it.
“I honestly applied for the grant because I had nothing to lose. I never imagined we would win,” he said.
Regardless of how miniscule he thought their chances of winning were, he applied for the grant anyway.
“After several rounds of paperwork and record gathering, we finally sent all of the necessary forms to New York where it would be handled by a team at Don Jagoda Associates. It required a lot of following up and constant communication between myself and countless other team members,” he said.
All that work was worth it when he learned that he was the winner of the grant in February.
Fagerlind and junior forward Taylor Ludvigsen were presented with an honorary check at the Wildcats’ end of the season banquet but it wasn’t until Friday, May 15, that the Wildcat Hockey Booster Club received the $20,000.
He said there have some ideas about how to use the money, but nothing is set in stone.
Ultimately, he said the grant money will be spent at the discretion of the booster club.
While Fagerlind was one who initiated the grant and got the ball rolling, he said the process of completing the grant and securing the funds wouldn’t have been possible without the help of others.
“I owe a great debt of gratitude to Sabrina at Don Jagoda Associates as she was our only contact throughout the entire time regarding the grant. I think to say thank you to her is an understatement because of the countless phone calls we have had regarding the grant and around 100 emails back and forth. Sabrina definitely made so many things possible,” he said. “I also want to thank Chis Petree, booster club treasurer, for providing documentation and Jennifer Fagerlind, booster club secretary, for coordinating legal formalities.”