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.
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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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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