Cine participated in the event before suffering a broken leg Sunday during Minnesota’s game against New Orleans in London. Cine stayed behind to undergo surgery in London and will eventually return to begin his rehabilitation process.
“[We’re] just trying to learn where they come from, getting to know their names and who they are and what they like to do,” Cine said as she welcomed the youngsters. “It’s all pretty cool because I was their age at one point. given. “
Ingram said he enjoys spending time interacting with young people.
“I remember growing up and seeing a lot of older NFL players come to my town and come talk to us and hang out with us, and that was the coolest feeling of my life,” Ingram said. “The fact that I was able to do this for them and allow them to have the same experience as me is incredible.”
As his rookie teammates get their first taste of NFL community events, Phillips is no stranger to those opportunities to give back. The fifth-year pro said one of his first community experiences was an NFL PLAY 60 event.
Phillips has also worked with Shriners Hospitals for Children previously and played in the Nebraska Shrine Bowl game as a senior in high school.
“It was awesome. I met some really cool kids…12-15 years ago, I guess,” Phillips said of the game. my foundation to give back to my communities.”
Maureen Johnston, Director of Therapeutic Recreation and Children’s at Shriners Hospitals for Children, was grateful to team up with the Vikings for another year.
“It’s a great experience to be able to call the kids up and say, ‘Hey, we’ve got this amazing opportunity’ and to see the excitement they have, it means the world,” Johnston said. “We’re really thrilled that they’re choosing us to come and do this.”
Lauren Elm, Shriners Children’s Marketing and Communications Manager, added, “For a lot of these kids, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We have kids who came from Montana, some came from Nebraska just to do part of that experience.”
After the event ended, Vikings players and attendees came together with a SKOL chant. Then, after receiving a goody bag including a backpack and a soccer ball, attendees were invited to enjoy a meal from the Vikings Table food truck, with Evans, Cine and Chandler handing out the food.
Like Phillips, Evans said community members help motivate him.
“For me, it’s all about community,” Evans said. “These are the people who motivate me to come to work every day, so I want to be able to give back as much as I can. So whenever I can show my face in the community, meet people, I’m ready to do that. .”