Vikings Community Tuesday - Bowling For Charity

Posted Dec 2, 2009

Vikings defensive tackle Pat Williams and several of teammates, along with Bob Lurtsema, Vikings Cheerleaders and Viktor the Viking, spent the evening of Monday, November 30 bowling and visiting with fans at PINZ Entertainment Center in Oakdale to support the Vikings Children’s Fund.

The bowling event, which was held for the 15th consecutive year, was sold out and fans packed the nearly brand-new PINZ Entertainment Center to get a chance to bowl with the pros and support the VCF. During the event, numerous prizes were given away, including tickets to an upcoming Vikings game and various Vikings merchandise.

The event began with player and cheerleader introductions around 6:45 p.m. The players and those who sponsored a lane bowled 2 games, while prizes were given away and fans could participate in video games, eat fantastic food and receive autographs from the players, alumni, cheerleaders and Viktor.

“Bowling is fun but getting to bowl with the Williams Wall and all the other Vikings was awesome,” said Derek, a 6th grader from Oakdale.

There was also a silent auction at the event, with signed helmets and other NFL memorabilia available for purchase and auction.

“You can’t go wrong when you get to partner with the Vikings, especially for a good cause,” said Larry Corson, GM of PINZ. “It’s a win-win-win. We are excited to be able to give back to the community and I know the Vikings are as well. Hopefully tonight is a big success and we can partner with the Vikings again many times in the future.”

Pat Williams is an avid bowler who can often be seen at bowling lanes across the Metro with his friends and teammates. The event on Tuesday was a perfect opportunity for him to enjoy an activity he loves while also raising money for a good cause and enjoying some time with Vikings fans.

“All the people here are who make this happen,” Williams said. “We’re just glad we can be a part of it tonight and bowl a couple of games with the fans to raise some money and support a good cause.”

The Vikings Children's Fund is a means for Vikings players, coaches, staff and their families to focus their community support. Their mission is to combine their time and resources, through events and appearances, with that of the corporate community and fans in an effort to support the many needs of children in the Upper Midwest.

The Viking Children's Fund awards 50% of all funds to the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics for the support of research into the major diseases and disorders of childhood. The remaining 50% is distributed to non-profit organizations that focus their efforts in the areas of education and family services supporting the well being of children in the Upper Midwest.