Search this site
Junior College Football
NFL Free Agents
Holler: Sullivan, Vikings giving back
John Sullivan (Hannah Foslien/Getty)
Posted Oct 27, 2012
Center John Sullivan is making a statement donation to build a playground for ailing kids at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.
At a time when athletes make more news when they do something wrong compared to when they do something right – bad news sells better than good news – you probably won’t hear too much mention of
’s contribution to the Minnesota community at large. Those who vehemently opposed a new Vikings stadium likely will ignore the positive impact the NFL has as part of the Minnesota landscape. In a dollars-and-cents view of the world, that shouldn’t be surprising. But what Sullivan is doing behind the scenes is a humanitarian effort done without the fanfare or the level of publicity it should receive. He’s giving back. Quietly. Until now.
Sullivan has donated $150,000 to help build a playground at the University of Minnesota’s Amplatz Children’s Hospital. In addition,
’s Lead the Way Foundation has donated $25,000 and the Vikings, through the Vikings Children’s Fund, has donated $25,000 to get the project completed.
At 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, a ceremony will take place at the Amplatz Children’s Hospital site (2450 Riverside Ave. in Minneapolis) to name the playground Sullivan Playground in appreciation for his donation. The Amplatz Children’s Hospital specializes in pediatric programs ranging from surgery, imaging and intensive care facilities to heart and cancer treatment that impact children from infancy to age 12. The hospital is one of the three largest kidney transplant programs in the world. The playground is intended to provide a haven of childhood normalcy to the patients and their brothers and sisters to have moments of enjoyment at a time when the difficulty encircles the families impacted by childhood illness.
Sullivan didn’t make his donation based on publicity. It’s likely that his donation will scarcely be referenced in the Twin Cities media, much less on a regional or national scale. You can put a price on a state-of-the-art/all-accessible playground designed specifically to meet the needs of ailing children. Presumably, that price is $200,000. You can’t put a price on a good day for ailing children, their siblings and their parents at a time when good days are rare and smiles are remembered.
Hopefully, those legislators and citizens alike that opposed a new stadium that would assure the Vikings would remain in Minnesota will take note (begrudgingly, if necessary) of the contributions made by Sullivan, Greenway and the Vikings organization. They didn’t have to. If they hadn’t, nobody would have noticed. Charity comes more from the heart than the wallet. But, the fact is, a state-of-the-art playground – with a price tag of $200,000 – is going to be constructed for the children of families facing catastrophe and bring smiles to the faces of those that appreciate a smile more than most.
Not a penny of taxpayer money went into it. Without the Vikings and players like Sullivan and Greenway, a much-needed playground wouldn’t have been built. But it’s going to. Why? Because the Vikings give back. They share their prosperity with those most in need. You can put a price tag on a playground, but you can’t put a price on what it will mean long after the cement dries. A child’s laughter, much less the laughter of a child who may never see adulthood, is priceless.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for
Viking Update on Twitter
and discuss this topic on our
. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine,
Vikings at crossroads with offense, schedule
Oct 26, 2012
Vikings post-loss refrain: ‘We were humbled’
Oct 25, 2012
Kalil garnering praise, high rankings
Oct 25, 2012
Subscribe today and get a full year of
Viking Update Magazine
with an annual Total Access Pass.
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from VikingUpdate.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a
list of all Team Newsletters
Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to
View My HotList
Places to go:
Junior College Football
Things to do:
Things to buy:
Things to know:
Terms of Service
Advertise on MSN
About our ads
© 2012 Microsoft