MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Air National Guard Maj. Jodi Grayson and her 11-year-old son, Tallon Kiminski, will be attending Super Bowl LII.
More importantly, they'll be together.
The Vikings kicked off their "Heart of a Viking" campaign on Sunday when they connected Grayson, a single mom who is in her 22nd year of military service, and Tallon via video message during the third quarter of the Vikings-Rams game.
Grayson informed Tallon they will be going to the Super Bowl thanks to tickets from the Vikings.
Vikings Legend Jared Allen, a strong supporter of the military and veterans through his Homes for Wounded Warriors* *organization was in on the surprise and joined Tallon on the field.
Tallon is a participant in the United Heroes League (based in Hastings, Minnesota), and he was able to play flag football with 43 other youth on Saturday at Winter Park. The youth attended Sunday's game.
"Tallon is a great example of a military kid in the United Heroes League system," said United Heroes League Chief Marketing and Development Officer Ben Mattson.
"Every day, he wakes up here in the states, and [Grayson] wakes up in a deployed location," Mattson said. "Being away from your child, being away from your mom is something that most people can't get their heads around. The ability to do something great for that family, obviously an unbelievable gift from the Vikings is something that's going to ring in that family's memory."
The Minnesota Vikings want to reward fans that are doing incredible things and are inviting fans to share stories of others who demonstrate the Heart of a Viking.
It could be someone fighting a tough battle, helping others in our community or an amazing fan story.
Share their stories with us by using #HeartofaViking or by visiting Vikings.com/HeartOfAViking. Help us honor the most deserving fans in our community with a pair of tickets to Super Bowl LII.