Kids Build Character, Have Fun at Hometown Huddle

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The Minnesota Vikings hosted 70 local middle school students from United Way partner agencies at Winter Park on October 4 for the annual Hometown Huddle event.

EJ Henderson led a conversation with the kids about about character and answered some of their questions during a Q&A session. The students got to work with Vikings players and trainers in a rotation of stations focused on skills and drills. They even learned about giving back to the community through a volunteer relay race!

Group of four girls running at Hometown Huddle

Prior to the event, youth were invited to participate in an essay contest centered around EJ’s 5 character development words (Education, Perseverance, Hard Work, Respect and Appreciation). Two winners read their essays aloud to group. They each received a prize of 4 tickets to the Vikings vs Packers game.

Participants included 4th-6th graders from United Way partners ACES and North Community YMCA.

About the NFL & United Way Partnership
The NFL and United Way partnership is the longest-running collaboration between a major sports league and a nonprofit organization. The latest innovation in our partnership is Character Playbook™—a digital, interactive education program that teaches kids how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships, make good decisions and step in when they see questionable activity. To date, more than 88,000 students have used Character Playbook as a tool for personal development.

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