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Frazier, Warren Honored At Fritz Pollard Alliance Awards Banquet

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 1, 2013 – 1:34 pm

Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier and Vice President of Legal Affairs & Chief Administration Officer Kevin Warren were recipients of Fritz Pollard Alliance “Salute To Excellence” awards on Thursday night in New Orleans.

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The Salute to Excellence award recognizes the outstanding performance of minority NFL Head Coaches and Executives, collegiate coaches, and high school seniors during the current season. This recognition is particularly extraordinary as it highlights the tremendous efforts and sacrifices made by current and previous honorees that will lead to even greater opportunities for minorities seeking advancement opportunities.

“I am very honored, humbled and grateful to have received the Fritz Pollard Alliance ‘Salute To Excellence’ award last night,” Frazier said. “To truly understand the significance of what Fritz Pollard accomplished in his lifetime is special. This award and what it represents has major significance to the Minnesota Vikings franchise, our team and the many coaches of color who are all seeking an opportunity in the NFL.”

“I am very humbled to have been named a recipient of the Fritz Pollard Alliance ‘Salute To Excellence’ award,” Warren said. “This was a special evening, especially to share it with Leslie Frazier, a man for whom I have great respect and admiration. I am grateful to the Wilf family for the opportunity to play a significant role in the Vikings franchise and to be judged by my experience regardless of the color of my skin.”

The FPA was organized for the purposes of promoting diversity and equality of job opportunity in the coaching, front office and scouting staffs of National Football League teams, by means including:

*     Providing networking, mentoring and career development opportunities for minority candidates on NFL team staffs.

*     Encouraging adoption of rules and practices by the NFL that foster diversity on team staffs.

*     Educating NFL team owners and managers regarding the availability of minority candidates for team staff positions.

*     Advocating the hiring and promotion of minority candidates in NFL team staff hierarchy through public education and communication with team and league ownership and management.


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