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Madieu Williams Named Vikings Man Of The Year

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 17, 2010 – 8:11 am

Madieu Williams has been selected as the 2010 Minnesota Vikings Community Man of the Year. While there are many deserving players on this year’s team, Williams has stood out for the impact he has made locally, nationally and globally.

Locally, Madieu has worked with the North Community YMCA, United Way and Harvest Prep/Seed Academy and provides season tickets for the kids in his “Dieu’s Crew.” Williams also hosted a free football camp in Maryland this past summer and continues to support the Cincinnati area.

Globally, Madieu made a $2 million donation to create the Madieu Williams Center for Global Health at the University of Maryland. The center will address public health issues for Prince George’s County and Sierra Leone—where Madieu was born. Already Madieu has built a primary school there and is now building a secondary school. Earlier this year, Madieu’s Foundation sponsored a mission to Sierra Leone where Williams brought teachers, surgeons and dentists to help educate the teachers at his school, give free dental cleanings to all of the students and provide free surgeries.

“He has done so much to help others, but I think his character was best demonstrated when after signing here as a free agent, he visited the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital with me before he went to the airport,” said Brad Madson, Minnesota Vikings executive director of community relations.

Williams is one of 32 team representatives, one of which will be named the Walter Payton Man of the Year at this year’s Super Bowl.

As the Vikings’ representative for the NFL Man of the Year award, Williams will receive a $1,000 check for the Madieu Williams Foundation through NFL Charities.


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9 Responses to “Madieu Williams Named Vikings Man Of The Year”

  1. By Arrow86 on Dec 17, 2010 | Reply

    This is an amazing story! As a fan, I often bemoan the large salaries of our players. When you learn of the generosity in both time and financial committment some athletes are making, it strengthens my bond to loving the Vikings. Madieu is obviously making a difference in the lives of people in Minneapolis and around the world! That committment makes this world a better place.

  2. By Frederick Jones on Dec 18, 2010 | Reply

    Madieu Williams is an example of “great character,” and is more prevalent than the “bad character” that is often emphasized by the media.

    Tiger Woods (OoOh Tiger) O.J. Simpson, etc. etc. etc. until you are ready to puke. Most professional athletes are great people.

  3. By Frederick Jones on Dec 18, 2010 | Reply

    And I always was a big fan of O.J. who was a great actor, and a former track star at USC.

  4. By Frederick Jones on Dec 18, 2010 | Reply

    “Everyone has problems”

  5. By Titus on Dec 18, 2010 | Reply

    Often the rich give away far more than anyone realizes– that is how they became rich.

  6. By Titus on Dec 18, 2010 | Reply

    Hats off to Madieu!! Funny, this blog has no postings– no one wants to post about the positive– talk about a loss, or a bad coaching call— the postings soar.
    This post should have been a mile long.

  7. By Arrow86 on Dec 18, 2010 | Reply

    Titus: Watch your evening news. If there is good news, it’s a story during the last 1 or 2 minutes when everyone is going to bed, or switching to Wheel of Fortune. People hear good news, but don’t believe it. This story is a great example.

  8. By Titus on Dec 18, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t watch the news– if you watch closely, the stories are the same every day– only difference is who got shot, who got molested, who sued, etc, and where it happened. I do read the good news every day and listen to my anchor every Sunday morning.

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