Each week during the regular season, the NFLPA will recognize one active NFL player who has demonstrated a commitment to making a positive impact in his community, naming them the Community MVP. We will be profiling these players each week, honoring them for their commitments off the field.
Today the NFLPA announced that Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl receiver, Adam Thielen, was their Week 1 Community MVP.
Thielen launched a fall education achievement program which rewards success in the classroom with up to $50,000 in athletic resources for at risk student athletes. Along with his wife, Caitlin, the Thielens are working with students to become active in sports and achieve success in the classroom.
“I’m humbled and honored to be named NFLPA Community MVP as a member of the Minnesota Vikings,” Thielen said in the release. “Minnesota has been home for our entire lives, and we are blessed to have the ability to give back to a community that has given us so much over the years.”
Earlier this week, the couple visited Brooklyn Center High in Minnesota and distributed new shoes to over 100 fall student athletes.
The Thielens, and the Thielen foundation, hope to use the power of sports to encourage students, especially at risk students, to capture success both on and off the field, just like they did.
“We look forward to continuing to provide support and resources to as many youth and families as possible,” Thielen said.
In honor of Thielen being named this week’s Community MVP, the NFLPA will make a $10,000 contribution to the Thielen Foundation.
For more information on Adam Thielen and the Community Award, click here.