As they've done for the past few years, the Minnesota Vikings spent some time during their Organized Team Activities helping a deserving school in the Twin Cities area rebuild their playground, giving the students a real opportunity to have something to keep themselves active during the school year and their summer vacation.
This year's school was the Lucy Craft Laney school, and the build took place on Wednesday afternoon. The folks from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, among others, were watching everything that was going on, and provided a report.
Mike Zimmer mostly supervised, according to the report, but many of the players pitched in as well. Even the new guys had a chance to help out.
Among the players participating in the event was rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who was tasked with painting checkerboards on some tabletops. Bridgewater was wearing a pair of work gloves, of course, but he took them off to sign autographs and pose for pictures with the kids.
OH MY GOSH CAN'T THIS GUY DO ANYTHING WITHOUT GLOVES RAWR RAWR SCREAM OF OUTRAGE!
The majority of the players showed up after the morning practice session, but some members of the organization got to the site first thing in the morning in order to get things prepped. By the middle of the afternoon, the build was complete.
I think we say this every year when it comes to this Vikings playground build, but it really is great to see the team getting out into the community and helping to make the Twin Cities a better place.