Tuesday, Sept 22nd, Youth Football hosted a Vikings Kids Clinic @ Coon Rapids High School in Coon Rapids, MN for over 200 kids involved in the local youth football league. Current players Linval Joseph and Adam Thielen joined us as guest coaches along with Viking alumni Matt Blair and Chuck Foreman.
Viking Youth Football partnered with Positive Coaching Alliance (MN) to host a Coaches Clinic at Winter Park on Saturday, March 14th. Fifty youth football coaches from the surrounding metro and greater Minnesota earned their PCA Double Goal Coaching certification, discussed sports concussions with TRIA Orthopedics Heather Bergeson, M.D., and learned Heads Up Tackling/Blocking from a USA Football Ambassador. Coaches were also provided lunch and given a tour of the Vikings training facilities. Vikings Tight End Coach Kevin Stefanski spoke to the group about his passion for coaching and gave an on-field demonstration about drills/techniques that coaches can utilize during their practices.
Viking Youth Football partnered with E&J Gallo Winery and TRIA Orthopedics to host a Women, Wine, and Football event at the New Stadium Preview Center on March 12th. 75 football moms and women of Minnesota enjoyed an evening that included a Preview Center tour, wine tasting, and appetizers. The ladies also participated an open forum style discussion with Dr. Noll from TRIA regarding concerns and questions surrounding concussions. Vikings alumni Tyrone Carter administered a Chalk-Talk 101 session to the attendees helping familiarize them with basic football offensive/defensive schemes.
The Vikings Youth Football program partnered with the Sanneh Foundation to host the Forward Progress Life Skills Forum at Winter Park on January 16th. 75 11th and 12th grade football players from schools across the Metro came together to participate in break-out group discussions about violence against women, racial sensitivity, social media training, drug/alcohol awareness, and leadership. Expert presenters for each topic gave the student-athletes a chance to gain knowledge and ask questions surrounding sensitive yet important issues. Viking alumni Ben Leber spoke to participants about the do's and don¹ts of social media while Tyrone Carter gave a passionate message about motivation, focus, and goal -setting.
The Vikings Youth Football program hosted a Health, Fitness, and Flag Football event at Winter Park's indoor facility on Tues, Dec 30th. 100 middle-school age kids from Minneapolis / St. Paul Parks and Rec along with youth from Partnership Academy participated in fitness drills, followed by a flag football tournament. Food was served the last hour of the day while the group learned about healthy eating habits and the value of a balanced diet. Former Vikings John Swain and Tyrone Carter served as guest coaches.
The mission of Minnesota Vikings Youth Football (MVYF) is to increase awareness surrounding player health and safety in the great game of football. We also strive to spread the message of Vikings Football to greater Minnesota youth football programs and give opportunities to communities that are not as often impacted by Vikings Initiatives.
While continuing to support the Twin Cities area, we will create and administer new events and programs that focus on introducing football moms and women of Minnesota not just to football basics, but also to the many facets of the game. The goal of MVYF is to become a grassroots resource for football coaches, players, and parents to help continue making football an exciting yet safer sport.