2017 Vikings Family Fun Fest A night to celebrate Adoption & Foster CAre

Three-year-old Rogen played catch with Minnesota Vikings mascot Viktor the Viking, he ran around the field of the team’s Winter Park training facility and he posed with Vikings cheerleaders for photos on Monday, Dec. 5, 2017.

He also ran past players like tight end David Morgan and linemen Mike Remmers and Jeremiah Sirles, to name a few.

Rogen was one of about 250 people from EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services families to attend the annual Vikings Family Fun Fest, an event hosted by Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman and Executive Vice President Rob Brzezinski.

Though many know the men for their work with the first-place Vikings, the two share another common mission: a passion for foster care and adoption.

Spielman and his wife have adopted six children through foster care, while Brzezinski and his wife have adopted five children internationally.

“From our hearts, we believe that every child deserves a chance to have a chance,” Spielman said.

Brzezinski agreed.

“We just believe every child deserves a loving home,” he said.

Spielman’s son, Luis, attended the event with his children, and said his adoptive family showed him how to have his own family the right way.

While Spielman said people often praise him and his wife, Michele, for adopting, he said they’ve received much in return.

“What we got in return, we could never get if we didn’t have a family, so we feel very blessed that our family came through adoption,” Spielman said.

While the two Vikings executives are passionate voices for adoption, outreach and awareness aren’t the goals of the annual Family Fun Fest.

“This event for us is always a celebration,” Brzezinski said.

“We do this event to have fun,” he added.

Children and their families played games, jumped in a large inflatable, got autographs from players, and toured the team’s workout rooms and locker rooms, accessed through a hallway adorned with the team’s accomplishments under head coach Mike Zimmer.

Gretchen, Rogen’s mother, followed her son around the field and snapped photos as her two older children also enjoyed the festivities.

“It’s really fun,” Gretchen said, noting it’s one of her three kids’ favorite nights.

She and her husband, Reegan, decided to adopt after difficult pregnancies.

“We just knew we could offer a home to a baby and decided to go through with it,” she said.

Gretchen said it’s neat to witness the Brzezinski and Spielman families also sharing sharing the drive to help children and give back to adoptive families.

“It’s fun to see. It’s cool to see because it’s such a cool thing to do, and being a part of it’s really fun,” she said.

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