As one of five NFL teams that earned awards for this year's "Million Fan Salute," the Minnesota Vikings, in conjunction with United Services Automobile Association's (USAA), presented a $20,000 "Moral, Welfare and Recreation" (MWR) donation to the Minnesota National Guard at the Vikings Winter Park training facility today.
The donation comes as part of the NFL and USAA's season-long initiative called "Million Fan Salute," which allowed NFL fans an opportunity to digitally salute the military on behalf of their favorite teams. Along with Minnesota, fans in Denver, Green Bay, Seattle, and Tampa earned rewards for their military appreciation efforts.
"We appreciate the Vikings selection of the Minnesota National Guard community as their local recipient of this year's 'Million Fan Salute' contest," said Army Lt. Col. Kevin A. Olson. "USAA and the NFL teamed up to provide $100,000 for military organizations in five NFL communities and we are thankful the efforts of the Vikings and their passionate fans led to Minnesota's inclusion."
The $20,000 will enhance the Minnesota National Guard's MWR program, which directly supports readiness by providing a variety of community, soldier and family support activities and services. Included are social, fitness, recreational, educational and other activities that enhance community life, foster soldier and unit readiness, promote mental and physical fitness and provide a working and living environment that attracts and retains quality soldiers.