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Vikings “Team Up to Give Back” to Boys and Girls Clubs

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Another great charity event for the purple

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While former Minnesota Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson made a trip to Kuwait earlier this week, current members of the team stayed closer to home to take part in another outstanding charitable effort.

A large contingent of the Vikings’ players, coaches, and staff took part in a “Team Up to Give Back” event to benefit the Southside Village Boys and Girls Club. The group was led by cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who represented the Boys and Girls Club during this past season’s “My Cause, My Cleats” game.

The group consisted of the Vikings’ group as well as 80 students from Richard R. Green Elementary School, and together they assembled and packaged over 35,000 meals. Those meals will go to the Boys and Girls Clubs across the Twin Cities, as well as Second Harvest Heartland and other area partners.

“It’s great just being here and doing this event with the kids, seeing them smile and have fun, and helping to feed the [community],” Rhodes said.

With the offseason now in full swing, it’s awesome to see the Vikings getting involved in the local community with things like this. According to Lindsey Young, who did this story for the Vikings’ official team website, the “Team Up to Give Back” event has, apparently, replaced the annual playground build that the team would do during Training Camp.

So, while that tradition appears to have gone by the wayside, the team has certainly found an equally worthwhile cause to replace it with. Kudos to the team for making this happen.