A group from Merrick, Inc., a non-profit in Vadnais Heights that empowers adults with disabilities, visited Winter Park for the final practice of 2016.
Gavin Pierson was diagnosed with a brain tumor two years ago, but since then has become the first person in the world to beat his unique type of disease. The Vikings honored Gavin during Sunday's win over the Bears. Thanks to The Foundation for Compassionate Use Reform for portions of the video.
As the team has done each year since the Wilf Family bought the team, the team had 100 percent of its players get out in the community and make a positive impact in 2016.
The Vikings Youth Football Program recently hosted kids from Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Big Lake for a Health, Fitness and Flag Football event.
Adam Thielen, Zach Line and Cedric Thompson, along with several Vikings Alumni, spent part of a recent day off at the downtown shelter visiting with residents, signing autographs and helping to give away Vikings memorabilia.
No player in Vikings’ history has done more off the field than Chad Greenway, who was recently named the 2016 Vikings Community Man of the Year and will represent the Vikings in consideration for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year.
Xavier Rhodes participated in his third annual toy drive and patient visit at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
Kyle Rudolph recently organized ‘Rudy’s Red Eye Express’ as more than two dozen patients and their families from the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital visited the North Pole.
Former football player at Irondale High School Sam Heras was as recognized as the U.S. Bank Hometown Hero during last Sunday’s game. Heras lost both his parents to illnesses over the last two years.