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Bob Frisk Legacy Fund Benefits Journalism Program

An anonymous donor contributed $20,000 in memory of Bob Frisk, the late writer for the Daily Herald who spent decades covering the athletes, coaches and parents of suburban prep sports. The money launched the Bob Frisk Legacy Fund through the District 214 Education Foundation, and will be used to support journalism programs at every school in the District. Donations to the fund can be made online, and since the launch in December, more than $1,000 more has come in through individual contributions from those he impacted during the course of his career. The Foundation partnered with Foundations in District 211 and 220 to grow the fund and benefit even more students.
 
 
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Bob Frisk spent his life making high school sports a positive experience for athletes, doing it through his stories and columns and hundreds of relationships with athletic directors, coaches and students.

Frisk was hired full time at the Daily Herald in 1958 and retired in 2008. He passed away in May at the age of 83.

 Shortly after his passing, the District 214 Education Foundation received word from an anonymous donor who has given significantly in the past that he wanted to make a $20,000 contribution in Frisk's name. He left it to the board to determine how that money would be used, said Erin Holmes, the foundation's executive director.

The board looked at sports initially before deciding journalism was the vehicle Frisk used to support sports. On Thursday, the Bob Frisk Legacy Fund was announced, a fund that will support journalism at District 214, and also Districts 220 and 211.

"Our hope is the fund will be able to grow and support journalistic education for students who will be following in his footsteps and making an impact in journalism for years to come," Holmes said.

The board quickly realized that Frisk's impact didn't stop at District 214. So they reached out to surrounding communities.

"When we talked to the foundations in 220 and 211 and asked if they want to be part of this fund building, they were absolutely on board," Holmes said. "Everybody adored Bob and he made prep sports his life. It is such a good feeling that his legacy is living on."