July 9, 2013 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Minnesota Swarm
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Andy Arlotta, Co-Owner and Vice President of the Minnesota Swarm, has been named a recipient of the Twin Cities Finest Award presented by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The award honors ten men and ten women in the Twin Cities, between the ages of 25 and 40, who have demonstrated success in their chosen field and commitment to their community.
Arlotta, 36, has served as the Swarm\'s co-owner and vice president since 2008. The Whitefish Bay, Wis. native runs all aspects of the Swarm's day-to-day business operations including sales, sponsorship, marketing, community relations, broadcast, and communications.
"With Andy, I saw a person who is the leader of a franchise but at the same time, he cares about his family, he cares about this town and he cares about more than just P&L statements," said Matthew Ling, Development Director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. "There are plenty of people who are successful in life but fail in making a true impact in people\'s lives. I think it\'s clear that Andy\'s desire to provide an opportunity for families to come out and see a great team, in a great atmosphere, for a great price, and not to mention all that he and the Swarm do for our community, shows that he is aware that it\'s about more than making a profit. It\'s about building a community around a common goal and purpose. It\'s what makes us fans and it\'s what makes him one of the finest."
Arlotta added, "It\'s truly an honor to be named a recipient of the Twin Cities Finest Award. I\'d like to thank to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for recognizing the Swarm\'s efforts in the local community as well as tip my hat to the entire Swarm organization for their hard work and dedication throughout the years. Since Day One, our franchise has been committed to aiding the growth of lacrosse across all levels in Minnesota and providing our fans with a gameday experience unmatched by any other professional sports team in the Twin Cities."
In addition to being honored as one the Twin Cities Finest, Arlotta along with the other recipients will each help raise $5,000 in an effort to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). More than ten million Americans are symptomless carriers of the defective CF gene.
When the Foundation was established in 1955, children with cystic fibrosis rarely lived long enough to attend elementary school. Due in large part to the Foundation's aggressive investments in innovative research and comprehensive care, many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30\'s, 40\'s and beyond.
"All of the money that we raise helps the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and their relentless efforts in finding a cure," Arlotta said. "I encourage Swarm fans to join our cause as we look to end this genetic disease, which affects the lives of thousands of people worldwide. Donations toward the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation truly do make an impact, as the average life expectancy of children and adults living with cystic fibrosis have risen greatly since the Foundation\'s inception. Our goal is to raise $5,000 but we know that our fan base is capable of exceeding expectations and making a big difference."
Swarm fans can help Arlotta reach his goal by donating through the following link http://www.cff.org/LWC/dsp_donationPage.cfm?idEvent=25156&idUser=670266
In the local community, Arlotta serves as a board member on six non-profit organizations and has played an influential role in reintroducing the sport of lacrosse to the Native American Community in Minnesota. In 2010, he helped establish a weekly after school lacrosse program on the Prairie Island Indian Community and also co-founded Lax-4-Life, an overnight lacrosse camp open to boys and girls from all 11 Minnesota tribal communities. Arlotta\'s work in the Native Community has earned praise both nationally and locally, which included recognition at the White House during First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! In Indian Country initiative.
Following the 2012 season, Arlotta was named the NLL Executive of the Year, and in 2011, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal recognized Arlotta with the prestigious 40 Under Forty award, which honors business professionals under the age of 40 in the Twin Cities.
Honorees will be recognized at the 1st Annual Twin Cities Finest Awards Banquet at The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel on October 11, 2013. Honorees will also be featured in the November issue of the Mpls./St.Paul Magazine.