“From the day we purchased the team, we prioritized giving back to the community, enhancing the fan experience and bringing a championship to Minnesota.”
– Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf
“I think it’s a great opportunity for these kids. These kids get a chance to interact and play the game of football with professional athletes. But the players that we have out here really enjoy it as well. It’s a chance for them to see how special and unique these kids are.”
– Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman, whose daughter participates in Special Olympics
Defensive end Everson Griffen and teammates visited local police officers in honor of September 11th.
“When you walk in the room and see the smiles on their faces – either because we have candy or because I have a giant Tigger costume on, I’m not sure which one – that’s what makes it so special.”
– Tight end Kyle Rudolph
Linebacker Reshard Cliett and teammates visited American Heroes at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System.
“It was great to bring a smile to their faces. They do so much for our country and protect us, so it’s always good to give back, and it’s a big honor to play in front of those guys.”
– Tight end David Morgan
Vikings offensive linemen handed out encouragement and Thanksgiving meals to 200 local families in need.
Vikings players, including long snapper Kevin McDermott, were present to encourage adoptions and mingle with guests and the adoptable animals at the Animal Humane Society.
“Being here in Minnesota, I think it’s just part of my job to give back and to be a positive role model. I’ll just continue to do that.”
– Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell
For each player cause, the Vikings invited two people per organization to attend the designated “My Cause, My Cleats” home game and participate in the halftime show. This experience included a pair of tickets and a custom jersey for each participant.
Salute to Service
Salute to Service is a year-round effort to honor, empower and connect our nation’s service members, veterans and their families. The Vikings focus on supporting the NFL’s Salute to Service initiative through a visit to the veterans’ hospital, Veterans Voyage trip to Washington, D.C., packaging event to send supplies to active service members and several game-day initiatives.
Hy-Vee and the Vikings were proud to partner on the second annual Veterans Voyage, honoring five Minnesota men and women for their outstanding service to their country and their communities. The five veterans were surprised with tickets to the Salute to Service game and FREE groceries from Hy-Vee for a year.
During the Vikings Salute to Service game on Sunday, Nov. 4, the veterans were surprised with a trip to Washington, D.C., for Veterans Day Weekend.
“It was one of the highlights of my life.”
– Oona Lanahan, Veteran
The NFL, its clubs, players, the NFL Players Association, and the American Cancer Society are committed to the fight against cancer. Crucial Catch expands the impact of the NFL’s work to support breast cancer patients and survivors to address multiple types of cancer through early detection and risk reduction. The Minnesota Vikings recognized the NFL’s Crucial Catch initiative throughout the month of October.
As part of the NFL’s Crucial Catch initiative, the Wilf family ownership group of the Vikings provided football and non-football employees with a pair of custom Nike shoes to wear during the “Crucial Catch” game. More than 400 pairs of shoes representing 11 categories of cancer were delivered to coaches, staff, cheerleaders, flag runners and the SKOL Line to show support for those who are battling cancer and their caregivers, as well as pay tribute to the lives claimed by cancer.
Vikings Prep Spotlight
In 2018 the Vikings established Vikings Prep Spotlight, a high school football program hosted at the newly constructed TCO Stadium. The goal of the program is to continue the club’s commitment to football at all levels and grow the sport within the state. Five total high school games were hosted during the inaugural year of the program. Both rivalry games saw sell-out crowds of over 7,000 fans, and the MSHSL Quarterfinals saw strong TV ratings on FOX9+.
“The chance to connect with fans, parents, and players at the high school level is an important part of our ongoing youth football events and we proudly share our field with Minnesota high school teams.”
– Vikings Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Warren