Friends of the Tucker Center
Gifts to the Tucker Center allow us to support scholarships, fellowships, lectures and research that make a difference in the lives of girls and women, their families and communities.
Since the founding of the Tucker Center in 1994, we have received substantial financial support from individuals, foundations and organizations. These donors have made significant contributions toward accomplishing our mission of research, education and community outreach on behalf of girls and women in sport. We have included information about some of our donors and why they have made a commitment to join us as Friends of the Tucker Center.
If you would like to become a Friend of the Tucker Center, please contact us at (612) 625-7327, call the University of Minnesota Foundation at (612) 624-3333, go to the College Development Office site, or to make a gift online click here. We welcome your support.
Mary Beth Barry uses her time, talents, and treasures to make a difference in our world. Mary Beth has taught Physical Education and Religious Studies for over 25 years at her alma mater DeLaSalle High School. There she has coached boy's soccer and tennis, girl's basketball on all levels, and is currently the clock operator for boys and girls soccer and football. She uses the Tucker Center’s research to keep up with the cutting edge of all that is good in education. She is happy to report that the research is well-received by her students. Mary Beth also volunteers in the community at "Sharing and Caring Hands," Abbott Northwestern Hospital, and her church, along with regularly donating blood. Barry says she decided to contribute financially to the Tucker Center because: "It's the right thing to do--you put your money where your values are. I'm confident the Tucker Center is doing the right thing. With my latest contribution, I targeted my donation to the Eloise Jaeger Scholarship fund so that we can pass along educational opportunities to others."
Margaret Chutich, a lawyer with the state Attorney General's office in criminal appellate practice, was the Minnesota State High School Champion in tennis in 1975, played varsity basketball for Stanford her freshman year, and as a Minnesota Golden Gopher, won several tennis titles including a Big 10 singles title and a runner-up in doubles. Chutich is now an avid golfer and still participates in tennis with a mixed doubles game every week. She says she came to know, appreciate, and believe in Kane and the Tucker Center through her participation in the Throw Like a Girl video. As Chutich remarks: "It is absolutely necessary to support the Tucker Center as an institute that studies sport and makes sure that people know the history of girls and women. It's wonderful that the Tucker Center is at the University of Minnesota and fills this extremely valuable role."
What do the following elements have in common? A cross country road race, a fund raising campaign, a former smoker and a self described non-athlete. The answer? Katie Lindquist, who is all of the above and then some. Lindquist's combination of talent and perseverance resulted in a young woman determined to chart new trails for herself and other women. Showing great initiative, Lindquist decided to fundraise for the Tucker Center in conjunction with her participation in the annual Race Across America. The end result was a miraculous 10-day trip by tandem bicycle from Portland, Oregon, to Gulf Breeze, Florida, and the donation of an incredible monetary gift to the Tucker Center. When she first read the Tucker Center newsletter, Lindquist was thunderstruck with a common sense of purpose: "I recognized myself and my friends in the Tucker Center's work and I knew I wasn't alone any more. Subsequent newsletters hit all of the points of interest to me, and I have been a devotee of the Tucker Center ever since that time."
Mike Mueller and her husband Van Mueller, who recently passed away, have been lifelong educators and parents to three daughters, as well as devoted grandparents. Their commitment to supporting organizations such as the Tucker Center is exemplary because they are also life-long advocates for issues related to girls and women in sport. The Muellers have been supporters of the Tucker since its inception in 1994. In addition to supporting the Tucker Center, they have also endowed three scholarships. The first is available to Native American students at Augsburg College, where Dr. Mueller taught. The second scholarship fund is housed in the School of Kinesiology; the award is in honor of their daughter, Edith Irene Mueller. And the third is a graduate fellowship in the Tucker Center, also in the name of their daughter. Edith was a student in the Recreation and Sport Studies program from 1979 until her untimely death in 1982. When asked why they contribute financially to the Tucker Center, they responded: "It is important that we continue to work towards parity. In order to do so, we must continue to be vigilant [in our support of Title IX and women's athletics] so that we do not find ourselves going backwards in time."
Foundations and organizations
One of our gifts has come from the Women's Philanthropic Leadership Circle (WPLC). A dedicated group of U of M alumni formed to provide effective financial support to women in educational leadership activities, the WPLC gave an inaugural grant to the Tucker Center to update our groundbreaking research document, Physical Activity & Sport in the Lives of Girls 18 and Under. The Tucker Center furthers the WPLC’s mission by connecting educational research about women’s sports, health and fitness to the daily lives of girls and women. According to Marcia Carthaus, WPLC charter member and retired Director of Special Education: "The Tucker Center is moving life along and looking at best practices … what they are trying to do is to determine where we have been, where we are, and where we should be going."
Other foundations and organizational contributors
- American Association of University Women (national chapter)
- American Association of University Women (Minnesota chapter)
- Boys and Girls Club of Minnesota
- Minnesota Lynx
- Philip Morris USA Youth Smoking Prevention
- Otto-Bremer Foundation
- University of Minnesota Graduate School