Vikings WR Adam Thielen named NFLPA Community MVP after Week 1
Thielen and his wife Caitlin, through the “Thielen Foundation,” initiated a program with the Brooklyn Center High School in Minnesota that is meant to reward academic success with athletic resources for kids that are at risk.
The Thielen’s gave out 125 shoes at the school earlier this week and as long as the kids maintain a 2.0-point grade average they have pledged another $50,000 in donations.
“That donation includes sports equipment, renovations to the school’s weight room, payment of athletic fees, gift cards for 250 athletes to use for equipment and a $1,000 scholarship to one athlete from each fall sports team.”
As part of the award, the NFLPA will make a $10,000 donation to the Thielen Foundation. They also helped create a crowdfunding campaign that will benefit the foundation. Each week a player will be named the NFLPA Community MVP and they will be eligible to win the Alan Page Community Award that will be awarded at the end of the season.
Thielen said in a statement that he is happy to give back to the state that has given him so much throughout his life.
“I’m humbled and honored to be named NFLPA Community MVP as a member of the Minnesota Vikings,” Thielen said. “Minnesota has been home for our entire lives, and we are blessed to have the ability to give back to a community that has given us so much over the years.”