Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is sure to collect many post-season awards following another record-breaking season on the field in 2012. On Monday, though, he was recognized for his efforts off the field and in the community. Peterson was named the 2012 Vikings Community Man of the Year.
“In my 20 years with the Vikings, I have never come across a player of Adrian’s stature who has been more kind, positive and humble to be around,” said Brad Madson, Vikings Executive Director of Community Relations. “I’m privileged to see the joy Adrian brings to others, whether congratulating a Special Olympic athlete, talking with a youngster whose one Make-A-Wish is to meet Adrian Peterson, or thanking veterans for their service to our nation. He’s a joy to work with.”
Peterson will be recognized as the Vikings Community Man of the Year on Tuesday at his annual “Shop With a Viking” event, which will be held at a local Sports Authority store. Teammates Brandon Burton, Chris Cook, Jerome Felton, Everson Griffen, Tyrone McKenzie, Mistral Raymond, D’Aundre Reed, Andrew Sendejo and Jamarca Sanford will join Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders to help athletes from Special Olympics Minnesota spend $200 gift cards for a holiday shopping spree, courtesy of the Sports Authority. Peterson and his teammates will offer shopping tips of what’s “in” for athletes–boys and girls–helping the youngsters pick out shoes, jerseys, and other athletic gear.
Prior to shopping with the players, the kids will enjoy dinner provided by Arby’s.
More on Adrian in the community
The Adrian Peterson “All Day” Foundation raises awareness and funds for programs that inspire hope and build a better future for at-risk youth. Highlights of Adrian’s giving this year include: pledging $1 million to the University of Oklahoma in support of student athletes, donating $50,000 to Team Rubicon’s Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, and providing meals to 400 families in need for Thanksgiving in Palestine, TX. Adrian is also one to support his teammates with their community outreach. Adrian Peterson believes it is our opportunity and responsibility to help children in need all day and every day.
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