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Rodney Smith will be in Minneapolis Thursday

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Not the former Vikings receiver, mind you

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He won’t be at U.S. Bank Stadium, but he’s in the right place.
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This is a non-football story, but it’s something that’s an incredibly good cause and deserves some promoting.

If you haven’t heard the story of Rodney Smith, it’s one worth listening to. He’s the man that started the Raising Men Lawn Service. They provide lawn care services for people that need it, such as the elderly, the disabled, single mothers, and veterans. In order to raise awareness for his cause, on 17 May he set out on a quest to mow lawns in all 50 states.

Now, he’s made it to Minnesota, and specifically to the Twin Cities.

Smith is also attempting to get kids across the nation to follow in his footsteps, and has inspired eight new chapters of the Raising Men Lawn Service to open across the country. According to their website (linked above), 150 kids have pledged to provide lawn services for the sorts of people that we mentioned earlier that could use it.

After Smith is done in Minnesota, he’ll be getting on a plane to head to the last two states on his list. . .Alaska and Hawai’i. Yes, Smith has already completed the Continental United States, and the finish line is in his sights.

So, if you’re in the Twin Cities and you know someone that could use some free lawn care, go ahead and drop Mr. Smith a line on Twitter. . .seriously, he said to. . .but only after making sure you ask the person you want the assistance for first.

Kudos to you, Rodney Smith, for putting together such a great cause and inspiring young people everywhere.