EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Each year is another in which Alan Page gains heroes.
The Hall of Fame defensive tackle and Ret. Minnesota Supreme Court justice hasn't stopped making an impact through the Page Education Foundation.
Page launched the foundation in 1988 as he was being inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame because he wanted to help impact future generations. It turns out, they've also impacted him.
The work will continue this weekend when the Page Education Foundation hosts its annual gala at U.S. Bank Stadium for the first time. Tickets remain available for the event that begins at 7 p.m. Saturday. It will feature live music and entertainment, as well as a silent auction. Click here for ticket information.
The Page Education Foundation has awarded $13 million in grants to more than 6,500 Page Scholars. A major principle of becoming a Page Scholar is working with younger students and passing along the importance of education.
"Those scholars have changed the future for themselves and all of the rest of us," Page said. "They have, working with young children, made the world a better place. Quite frankly, they're my heroes. They're the ones who inspire me, who give hope for a brighter future, especially on some days when the world looks pretty grim.
"It's the effort that our scholars have given to bring about positive change that inspires me and gives me hope for the future," Page added.
View images of U.S. Bank Stadium from the Vikings two preseason games at the facility.