The Vikings conducted OTA #3 on Thursday at Winter Park as they continue preparations for the 2012 season. And while the team’s focus is on the upcoming season, they shifted that focus slightly on Thursday afternoon to help a school in the local community.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Vikings partnered with the Toro Company and KaBOOM! to build a new and safe playground, with this year’s effort going to help Sheridan Arts Magnet School in Northeast Minneapolis. KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.
“This is an outstanding effort by everyone involved,” said KaBOOM! project manager Allie Farrington. The goal is to create a happy and healthy place for kids to enjoy the outdoors in a manner that is consistent with Toro’s environmental mission and the Vikings commitment to making a difference in the community. This is a great experience for the community to see their leaders with shovel in-hand to try and make a direct and positive impact.”
More than 250 volunteers, including 100+ Vikings staff members, team executives, Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders, Head Coach Leslie Frazier, the Vikings coaching staff and current Vikings players teamed with Toro employees and organizers from KaBOOM! to complete the project.
The new playground’s design is based on drawings provided by students who attended the Design Day and will use the playground, with the total cost of the playground being split by the Vikings and Toro, their community partner.
“This has been a fantastic day,” Sheridan Arts Magnet School principal Al Pitt said. “We are changing our grade configuration here and going to more K-5 students, so this is what we needed. We are grateful to the Vikings, Toro, Mortenson Construction for providing the tools, our board members, the YMCA, local community members and everyone else who made this day and event possible.”
The Vikings are working hard right now to improve the product that will be on the field in 2012. But fans can also be proud of their team away from the field, as the Vikings organization continues its efforts to improve the local community as well.
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