Minnesota Vikings Donate $5 Million to Social Justice Issues
Mark and Zygi Wilf, owners of the Minnesota Vikings, have pledged that the organization will donate $5 million to support efforts to correct social injustices. Funds will be directed toward organizations that fight hate, racism and inequality.
For several years the Vikings have funded an internal Social Justice Committee, with the Wilf family contributing a half-million dollars to the group between 2018-2019. With yesterday's announcement, the team is cementing their commitment to helping bridge the gap caused by social injustice.
A dozen Minnesota Vikings players attend George Floyd's memorial service Tuesday in Minneapolis.
In a statement on the teams website, Mark Wilf said,
We continue to be inspired by these players as they advocate for transformational change in this very challenging moment. We are proud of their efforts to use their platform in an effort to end deep-seated social injustices. Their thoughtful approach and our conversations with them have deeply moved us, certainly in large part because of our family's history and long-standing commitment to human rights, but also because of their steadfast dedication to not sit idly by when they have the ability to make a difference.
The Vikings also announced an endowment for the George Floyd Legacy Scholarship with an establishing gift of $125,000 by the Vikings Social Justice Committee.
Last season the Minnesota Vikings Social Justice Committee was made up of Eric Kendricks, Ameer Abdullah, Stephen Weatherly, Anthony Harris, Ameer Abdullah and Alexander Mattison.