Monday was a special day at Lucy Craft Laney Community School in Minneapolis because it was the first day of the school year. But Monday was special for another reason at the local school, too.
Vikings Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Warren, the highest-ranking African-American business executive with an NFL team, and his wife, Greta, donated 650 backpacks filled with school supplies to the Minneapolis school, brightening the day for students and helping them begin the school year on the right foot.
At 9:15 a.m. on the students’ first day of class, Warren distributed the backpacks, which were age-appropriate for primary, elementary and junior high students, to the entire student body. Additional school supplies for the full school year will also be made available for all students. The donation comes as part of the Warren family’s broader commitment to “adopt” Lucy Laney, a school that is predominantly African-American and has 98% of its student population coming from underserved communities.
“After spending a few hours at Lucy Laney with Principal Mauri Melander and Community Engagement Specialist Jade Weatherington, as well as Jeanne Mock from the ‘Kids In Need’ Foundation, and hearing that school supplies are considered a luxury rather than a necessity, I was clearly reminded how fortunate and blessed my family is,” said Warren. “My recent visit moved me and my wife to act and make a commitment to Lucy Laney and the Minneapolis community.”
“This is an extremely generous act by Kevin and his wife, Greta,” said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. “It’s rewarding for us as team owners to see members of the Vikings family going above and beyond to become involved in the community. We applaud the Warrens for their kindness.”
The Warren family envisions developing a long-term plan to provide assistance and educational resources to Lucy Craft Laney Community School, including providing ongoing school supplies, school uniforms, and athletic uniforms and establishing a computer laboratory and mentoring program.
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