Vikings Owners Mark, Zygi and Lenny Wilf provided every staff member with a pair of "Crucial Catch" Nike shoes in the color representing the type of cancer that has personally affected that individual or his/her family.
Eagan, Minn. (October 12, 2018) – The Minnesota Vikings will honor all of those affected by a form of cancer through the NFL and American Cancer Society's "Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer" campaign this Sunday, October 14, when the team takes on the Arizona Cardinals.
Crucial Catch expands the impact of the NFL and the Vikings work around breast cancer to address multiple types of cancer through early detection and risk reduction. Each NFL team elected to support awareness and detection for a specific cancer or, as was the case with the Vikings, multiple cancers.
Fans will see the following items throughout Sunday's game:
Players, Coaches & Staff Shoes & Apparel
The game will feature players, coaches, staff and referees in "Crucial Catch" apparel, as well as additional on-field and in-stadium branding to raise awareness for the campaign. Additionally, Vikings Owners Mark, Zygi and Lenny Wilf provided every staff member with a pair of "Crucial Catch" Nike shoes in the color representing the type of cancer that has personally affected that individual or his/her family (images can be found here).
The national anthem will be performed by We Three. Siblings Joshua, Bethany and Manny Humlie competed in Season 13 of NBC's "America's Got Talent" under the band name We Three, quickly becoming fan favorites with their original performances and reaching the show's semi-finals. We Three will perform in honor of their mother, who passed away from cancer.
Since 2016, an unoccupied seat on the 50-yard line has been dedicated to honor and remember American prisoners of war and those missing in action. At each Vikings home game, an active member of the United States military stands guard to pay tribute to those fallen or missing heroes. For Sunday's game, cancer survivors from the Minnesota National Guard will stand guard to pay respect to those who have not yet returned home.
Vikings Hall of Fame Defensive End Chris Doleman, who is undergoing treatment for neuroblastoma, will sound the Gjallarhorn prior to kickoff.
Randy Shaver, in his 35th year at KARE 11 where he began as a weekend sports anchor before becoming a news anchor six years ago, will be Sunday's Hometown Hero. Since 1984, Shaver has served as the producer and anchor of the Prep Sports Extra, which focuses on Minnesota High School Football. In 1998, Shaver was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and endured five months of chemotherapy and one month of radiation. He was able to overcome the disease and for the past 20 years had been cancer free prior to being diagnosed with prostate cancer this past August. Shaver and his wife, Roseann, started the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund in 2003 to help raise money for cancer research and patient aid projects. In the past 15 years, the foundation has raised more than $7 million.
Halftime will feature a special presentation honoring over 100 individuals affected by cancer. Groups of fans representing each of the 11 cancers recognized during Crucial Catch will be on the field wearing shirts representing the following cancers:
Navy – Colon Cancer
Pink – Breast Cancer
Teal – Cervical Cancer
Blue – Prostate Cancer
Gold – Pediatric Cancer
Emerald Green – Liver Cancer
White – Lung Cancer
Gray – Brain Cancer
Orange – Kidney Cancer
Purple – Pancreatic Cancer
Black – Melanoma
During the presentation,
We Three will perform their original song "Heaven's Not Too Far" in a tribute to all those lost to cancer. Country music star and Wheelhouse Records recording artist Craig Campbell will follow with a performance of his original single "Stronger Than That," which was inspired by colorectal survivor Rose Hausmann and Craig's father, who died of colorectal cancer. For more information on Campbell, click here.