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Sullivan Hosts Tourney for Children's Hospital


John Sullivan is four for fore.

The Vikings center on Monday hosted the Champions for Children Celebrity Golf Classic for the fourth straight year to benefit the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

The seventh annual tournament raised more than $600,000 for the hospital's "Adopt A Room" program in its first six years and had help from Sullivan, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Harrison Smith, Joe Berger, Brandon Fusco and Phil Loadholt and Vikings alumni this year.

Sullivan said it was a fun outing for the players to spend time with long-time supporters of the hospital and new faces while helping the hospital continue its great work. The eight-year pro said he appreciated the commitment from teammates on a day that included the team's seventh of 10 organized team activity practices and meetings.

"For my teammates to donate their time just means the world," Sullivan said. "Without the support of those guys, it's very hard to affect as many lives as we do in a positive way. It was just all-around a great day."

Sullivan's relationship with the hospital and its patients began as a rookie when he joined former Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson on visits. The bond has grown over the years to include donation of a playground in 2013, as well as leading teammates on visits to the hospital in October, November and December since 2012.

"The Vikings provide the ability to work with a number of great causes, but specifically working with the University of Minnesota Masonic, it's such an incredible hospital," Sullivan said. "They're really on the forefront for different types of treatment and cures for all these types of pediatric illness. To have a place, a charity and cause that's so special just gives you that extra motivation to get out there and do whatever you can because you know your efforts will be rewarded tenfold in terms of the breakthroughs they are going to make and the lives they're going to affect in a positive way. It's easy to get behind them."

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