By Kabrione Coleman, For Vikings.com
Le Sueur County, Minn. – Fifty local youth in Le Sueur County were able to enjoy a day of fishing and fun on German Lake with Minnesota Vikings rookies earlier this month.
The annual Take a Kid Fishing event started more than 15 years ago. The Le Sueur County Sheriff's Department started this event, as part of the Sheriff's Youth Project, to allow young people the opportunity to participate in an activity that they would not be able to participate in otherwise.
Former Le Sueur County Sheriff Dave Gliszinski explained that the "Le Sueur County Sheriff's Mounted Posse started Take a Kid Fishing Day to bring youth out to the lake and get them involved in the outdoors.
"About 10 years ago, Les Pico, Minnesota Vikings Director of Player Development, got involved with our organization and started bringing the rookies down," Gliszinski said. "We match them up with a pontoon and kids, and they fish with the kids for a few hours."
The kids are extremely excited and overjoyed to be able to spend the day fishing with Vikings players. Through the years, the number of kids participating in this event has grown tremendously because of the attendance of the players.
"The kids really enjoy the players coming out," said Gliszinski, "probably more than fishing."
Not only is this a great event for the young people, but this event allows the Vikings players and staff to get involved in the Minnesota community.
Eight rookies attended, and were accompanied by Vikings General Manger Rick Spielman and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Rob Brzezinski.
"I've been coming down here for 6 or 7 years," said Brzezinski. "I love the work that [the Sherriff's Youth Project] does, not only with this event but with all kinds of events they do throughout the year. They're big supporters of the Vikings, and we love to support them as well, and get the kids out and have some fun."
The rookies get an opportunity to give back to the community, spend time away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and enjoy the country.
"It's giving back, it's a learning experience, and it's good family time, too," said Brzezinski.