For the second straight year, Vikings Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Warren and his wife Greta have donated 700 backpacks filled with school supplies to the Lucy Craft Laney Community School in Minneapolis.
Warren, the highest ranking African American executive in the NFL, has adopted the school to provide the year-long school supplies for those students. In addition to the distributed backpacks for primary, elementary and junior high students, the Warrens have donated school supplies to meet the demand of the entire school for the 2013-14 academic year. Lucy Laney is one of the most impoverished schools in the state, with 98 percent of the student population coming from underserved and impoverished communities.
In two years of association with the school, the Warrens have donated 1,400 backpacks of school supplies, basketball uniforms for the boys and girls teams and school uniforms. The school is going to announce that the Warrens will contribute an on-site computer lab that will be dedicated in early 2014.
"Our family is extremely grateful to all of the students, faculty and administrators at Lucy Craft Laney elementary school that have allowed us to continue to be a valued member of their family," Warren said. "Lucy Craft Laney is a special school, and we are blessed to be able to help the students with the necessary school supplies required to succeed in the classroom. These kids are very talented and we hope our support will allow them to flourish in the classroom."
At a time when the Vikings are under fire from stadium opponents who couldn't care less if the team stays or goes, it is stories like the generosity and giving spirit of those people whose names aren't in the headlines that make the biggest differences in the lives of those who need help the most. Whether it's the Vikings Children's Fund or dealing with children afflicted with cancers getting treatment at the University of Minnesota to the numerous player charities that are in place to the annual playground builds to the contribution of the Warren family, the Vikings bring some quality of life to people behind the scenes that are the ones that need it most.
"It definitely does," Munchak said. "It's something you consider at this time because we played on it at Cincinnati, but haven't really practiced on it. It's more (about) the guys who have injuries. You're a little more concerned with that. You have to be smart. But, they're not going to be playing that much, so it shouldn't matter a whole lot."
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.