A Message from

Our Founders:

Chuck and Cindy Hill, The Founders

“While developing a successful basketball program, we realized that to play at the next level, the student-athlete must maintain satisfactory grades and test scores.  As a result, we created the Minnesota CHILL Foundation – and shifted our program from being strictly athletics-driven (basketball) to one that has an education focus to ensure academic success.


Unfortunately, the Twin Cities has experienced a steady decline and a widening of the education gap for children of color. Cindy and I want to continue our contribution to the community, both financially and with our time, towards the elimination of the achievement gap.


We believe it is our civic duty to make sure that those who participate in our programs will benefit doubly; they will receive quality fitness/athletic development while pursuing academic excellence. ” – Chuck & Cindy Hill, C0-Founders

Our Mission is to provide academic and athletic programming for the purpose of educating student scholars for future success.

Our Objectives:

  • Improve the lives of individuals in our community by providing high quality academic, athletic and health and wellness programming.

  • Address the educational, health and wellness disparities that plague the Greater Twin Cities Community and primarily impacting the African-American community.


  • Provide synergy between the academic, athletic and health and wellness programming to ensure participation by clients in complementary programs.

  • Develop or obtain a facility to deliver programming in a safe and inviting environment for youth and families.



  • Provide college readiness programs and services to influence academic behaviors and potentially to obtain academic or athletic scholarships.

Our programming offerings include:

Minnesota CHILL Academy


This new Academy is designed to take Youth participants through a 9-month afterschool program.  It is committed to creating a physically, mentally, emotionally, socially safe learning and development environment for ALL participants. Our focus is to empower Youth (referred to as “scholars”) in areas of math, reading, money management, social/emotional and life skills.


Minnesota CHILL Basketball


In addition to providing scholars with opportunities to hone their basketball skills, this program will also prepare them to be good students, strong leaders, and productive citizens in our community.  The program is also structured to prepare scholars to compete at the highest basketball level (locally and nationally) – and to promote a long-term objective of obtaining a college scholarship to support their academic/athletic goals.

Minnesota CHILL Fitness for Kids


Through a myriad of techniques, activities, and exercises, scholars in grades K-12, learn the benefits of staying active and encouraged to maintain a physically fit lifestyle both now and in to adulthood. Scholars will also gain an increased awareness that by practicing these healthy habits, they can significantly reduce the chances of becoming obese or developing other obesity-related illnesses.

Minnesota Chill Foundation is happy to announce our partnership with the Amazon Smile Foundation. We are honored to join them and appreciate the recognition from the community that believes in our organization’s mission. You can make a difference for us, just shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon Smile Foundation donates to the Minnesota Chill Foundation.

Executive Leadership

Chuck Hill,


Chairman of MN Chill Foundation

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Cindy Hill,



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William “Chuckie” Hill

Director of Education

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Director of Chill Fitness/Basketball

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Rev. Dr. Darcel Hill

Educational Consultant

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HR Consultant

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Christian Johnson

PR/Marketing Consultant

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Board Membership

Alexia Kjos

Member at Large

Garrett Copeland

Member at Large

Jesse Kwakenat

Member at Large

(Special Education/ Business Focus)

Jim Yang

Member at Large

(Restorative Practices/ Hmong American Focus)

Lea Hargett 

Member at Large

Leslie Wright

Member at Large

Lezlie Taylor   

Member at Large

Mike Caples

Member at Large

(Basketball Operations)

Taylor Anderson

Member at Large

(Special Education/ Native American Focus)

Yvette Trotman M.S.

Member at Large


/Health Educator)