The Miller-Dwan Foundation Acquires Northland Adaptive Recreation, formerly Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute – Northland

(Duluth, MN) June 30, 2023 – The Miller-Dwan Foundation has acquired Northland Adaptive Recreation, formerly Allina Health’s Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute – Northland. While the name and owner have changed, Northland Adaptive Recreation will continue the legacy that began more than forty years ago.

“We are thrilled to join the Miller-Dwan Foundation team,” said Eric Larson of Northland Adaptive Recreation. “Both of us are committed to serving the Duluth, Superior, North Shore and Iron Range communities through innovative programs that contribute to people's health and wellness beyond hospital walls. This partnership allows us to keep our team in place and maintains our process for recruiting and keeping volunteers.”

Under Miller-Dwan Foundation, Northland Adaptive Recreation will continue offering a variety of adaptive sports programs and nurturing the involvement of its 300+ volunteers, while also preparing for more growth and flexibility.

“Northland Adaptive Recreation has been cultivating meaningful relationships in this community since it began in 1979 as the Courage Center,” said Traci Marciniak, President of Miller-Dwan Foundation. “It’s because of the love this program has poured into our community and the trust it has fostered, that Miller-Dwan Foundation can partner with this program. We believe we can deepen those community connections and serve even more people.”

Those employed by Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute-Northland will remain employed by Northland Adaptive Recreation through the Miller-Dwan Foundation. The process for becoming a volunteer will remain the same.

About the Miller-Dwan Foundation:
The Miller-Dwan Foundation is the only independent, public medical foundation in the region, and as a public charity, it maintains a commitment to the health of the Twin Ports and surrounding region. The Miller-Dwan Foundation has recently recommitted our efforts to mental health and physical rehabilitation and are owners of Amberwing – Center for Youth and Family Well-Being and Solvay Hospice House.

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