OUR MOTIVATION… In March of 2010, longtime KSTP-AM Program Director Steve Konrad was critically injured in a motorcycle accident. For several months after the crash, Steve fought for his life. He then began the long road of rehabilitation through Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute (formerly Courage Center) where he learned how to become independent again. Today, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, a local nonprofit and part of Allina Health, continues to be a crucial provider of rehabilitation and transitional care for people like Steve and Kirk Ingram.
One client success story as told by Andy Rapacz, Lead Activity-Based Exercise Specialist: "Kirk Ingram, injured in 2015 with a C5 incomplete Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), has directly benefited from the Courage Kenny ABLE/Fitness remodel and expansion project." Kirk submitted an application to ABLE in September 2015 while participating in the residential Transitional Rehabilitation Program. Being active, healthy, and regaining function after becoming a quadriplegic is especially important to Kirk as the father of a young girl who was only months old at his time of injury. Kirk spent two years on ABLE’s waiting list before having the opportunity to be assessed in the newly created ABLE assessment room. Following his initial 4 ¼ hour assessment, which he completes every 90 days, Kirk began participation in Courage Kenny’s intensive ABLE program on September 20, 2017 almost two years to the day since initially submitting his application.
Through participation in ABLE, Kirk walks two days/week, his first walking activities since sustaining his SCI, on ABLE’s new body-weight supported treadmill system housed in the newly constructed Locomotor Training room. Following his hour of treadmill activities and thirty minutes of over-ground activities in the renovated cardio and strengthening rooms, Kirk participates in 90 minutes of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES). Kirk’s NMES sessions use one of four new Xcite Stimulator Systems purchased through and housed in the new ABLE space, all made possible through the remodel. When asked what the expansion project has meant to him,
“Everything. Without it I wouldn’t be here and have the opportunity to walk and have my muscles stimulated. I’ve been waiting for this since I was injured.”
The 7th annual 1500 ESPN Sports Fantasy Auction is presented by ABLE Chiropractic , TCL and Town Hall Brewery. We proudly support the tremendous work being done at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, and through the generous donations of our listeners we raised $38,650 from the 2016 auction and have raised over $240,000 through six years! It is the personal stories of Steve, Carol, Kick and many others that inspire us to again present this fundraiser for Courage Kenny!
TCL TV TIMBERWOLVES PACKAGE
High bidder will receive 4 tickets to a TBD Timberwolves game to sit in the all-inclusive TCL Theater Box with Mackey and Judd. Plus a 65” TCL C-Series TV and team autographed basketball.
Buy Now: GOPHER BASKETBALL SUITE – Purchaser will receive a ticket to sit-in a suite for the January 3rd Gopher Men’s Basketball game vs Illinois, hosted by Phil Mackey. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.
Buy Now: STAR WARS SCREENING – Purchaser will receive a ticket to a special screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on opening weekend. Screening will take place Saturday, December 16th at 8:15am at Marcus Southbridge Crossing Cinema in Shakopee. Ticket also includes 1 drink + popcorn. Name will be on a Will Call list at the theater on the 16th.
STUDIO PHONE LINE RIGHTS
High bidder will have the 1500 ESPN Studio phone line named after them for one week. High bidder will get to have the studio phone line named after them for one week. Anytime a guest calls in, the talent will say “Joining us on the (insert name here) phone line…” High bidder will also receive an Adam Thielen autographed football and an Everson Griffen autographed helmet.
Buy Now: MINNESOTA WILD SUITE – Purchaser will receive a ticket to sit-in a suite for the January 22nd Minnesota Wild game vs Ottawa, hosted by Judd Zulgad. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.
SATURDAY SPORTSTALK CO-HOST
High bidder will get to co-host Saturday SportsTalk for a day in 2018, and have lunch with the guys after the show.
Buy Now: TWINS HOME RUN DERBY – Purchaser will get to participate in the Home Run Derby at Target Field with Dave Harrigan, Chris Reuvers and TC Bear, plus receive 4 dugout tickets for the game.
High bidder and guest (1) will get to have dinner at a TBD location with Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve, Lynx player Lindsay Whalen and Mackey & Judd.
Buy Now: MACKEY AND JUDD SIT-IN – Purchaser will get to sit-in the studio during a Mackey and Judd broadcast, and have lunch with the guys after the show.
Buy Now: GOPHER HOCKEY SUITE – Purchaser will get a ticket to sit-in a suite for the February 17th Gopher Men’s Hockey game vs Ohio State, hosted by Jess Myers. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.
GARAGE LOGIC DINNER
High bidder and guest will get to have dinner at a TBD location with the Garage Logic guys and GL artist Greg Holcomb, who will also create a rendering of the dinner for the high bidder.
Buy Now: GARAGE LOGIC SIT-IN – Purchaser will get to sit-in the studio during a Garage Logic broadcast, and have lunch with the guys before the show.
GARAGE LOGIC 25TH ANNIVERSARY PINT GLASS
A limited number of Garage Logic 25th Anniversary pint glasses will be available for sale ONLINE for $15 each. Each pint glass also comes with a certificate for a free pint at Town Hall Brewery.
Buy Now: TWINS EXECUTIVE BALCONY (30 TICKETS) – Purchaser will receive a ticket to sit in the private Twins Executive Balcony in left field for a TBD Twins game. Includes light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
TWINS CHAMPIONS CLUB
High bidder receives four (4) tickets to sit behind home plate in the Thomson Reuters Champions Club for a Twins game of their choosing (certain restrictions apply/certain games not available), food and beverages included, plus an autographed Brian Dozier jersey.
Buy Now: MINNESOTA WILD SUITE (12 TICKETS) – Purchaser will receive a ticket to sit-in a suite for the March 19th Minnesota Wild game vs the LA Kings, hosted by Chris Reuvers and Rookie. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.
RIDE WITH REUSSE LIVE BROADCAST
High bidder receives the chance to have The Ride with Reusse broadcast LIVE from a location of their choosing from 4-6pm on a mutually agreed upon date.
Buy Now: RIDE WITH REUSSE SIT-IN – Purchaser will get to sit-in the studio during a Ride with Reusse broadcast, and have dinner with the guys after the show.
Buy Now: MN UNITED MATCH WITH REUSSE – Purchaser will receive a Minnesota United FC scarf and ticket to a TBD United match, to sit with Patrick Reusse, (who will also be wearing a scarf).
SPRING TRAINING TRIP
High bidder will get a trip for 2 to Ft. Myers for a Twins Spring Training game, plus have dinner with Reusse while in Florida.
Buy Now: WOLVES COURTSIDE PACKAGE – Purchase will get 4 lower level tickets to a TBD Timberwolves game, plus 4 passes to sit courtside during warm-ups.
Packages are subject to change, up until the point of the final bid at the end of each hour, as some items could be added or dates changed. Please listen to 1500 ESPN to keep up with the changes as this website listing may become outdated.