Vikings Fans –
On behalf of our entire family and the Minnesota Vikings organization, we wanted to let you know our thoughts are with you and your families during these uncertain times. The COVID-19 crisis is impacting each and every one of us in some capacity, and your health and welfare, and that of the Minnesota community, is paramount. We are especially concerned for the individuals who are directly affected by the virus, those who are facing financial insecurity, and the healthcare professionals who are at the forefront of stopping this pandemic.
As an organization, we are committing $250,000 to assist our community in this fight. The Wilf Family Foundations is matching that amount to bring the total to $500,000 for various community causes.
A significant portion of the resources will be directed to the Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities as they determine how to continue their youth and family support during this time of closure for their centers. Specifically, our dollars will go directly toward meal and educations services to more than 1,000 youth during this crisis. Another substantial amount of the donation will be given to the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for Coronavirus and will go toward providing immediate support to residents, small businesses and non-profits impacted by or responding to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.
Like businesses across the country and the world, we are taking precautions to help stop the spread of this virus and protect the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff, fans and the broader community. Per recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC, we closed TCO Performance Center last week and implemented a work-from-home policy. All public and private events previously scheduled to take place at TCO Performance Center through May 16 have been canceled or postponed. Additionally, the annual Vikings Draft Party has also been canceled. These decisions are not made lightly, but our priority is solely to reduce the risk to the most vulnerable.
In the coming days and weeks, we encourage you to take care of yourself and your families and to follow the recommendations from local and national public health officials. By supporting each other and doing our part as individuals, we can get through this critical situation together. Sports will return at the appropriate time, and when they do, they will play a significant role in the process of healing and returning to a sense of normalcy.
As always, we are grateful to have you as a Vikings fan, and we look forward to seeing you this season.
Zygi, Mark, Lenny Wilf & the Wilf Family