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 Vikings host their 1st Annual Women's Mini-Camp at Winter Park. Over 200 women of Minnesota attended this three hour, station style camp and learned about concussion awareness/ helmet fitting, Fantasy Football, and the Vikings/NFL History. Participants also got to hear a "State of the Game" presentation from GM Rick Spielman, take a tour of the locker room and meet and greet Viking Legends Carl Eller and Ricky Young.
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.