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Steve Hutchinson poses for a photo with a new friend at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital. (Photo: Emily Engbloom)

You’ve probably heard about a few of the many ways the Minnesota Vikings are supporting University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital and kids’ health in general. And sometimes you can’t tell who’s benefiting more—the kids or the players.

Besides the team’s monthly visits to the hospital, head coach Leslie Frazier recently announced that players and coaches have sponsored the Minnesota Vikings Adopt A Room in the new hospital, and running back Lorenzo Booker has taken a leading role in promoting the Vikings Fitness Playbook program.

Several other players—including guard Steve Hutchinson and linebackers Chad Greenway and Erin Henderson—have made special contributions of their own to the University and Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

Hutchinson and his wife, Landyn, have graciously hosted several holiday events for kids and their families. In 2007 they sponsored their first Thanksgiving celebration at Amplatz Children’s Hospital, which provided kids with not only a wonderful meal but also a much appreciated distraction from their rooms and treatments. They’ve since added an annual Hutchinson Halloween Huddle and Hutchinson Christmas Party, fully furnished with gifts for the kids.

Steve Hutchinson also has served as the lead celebrity host of our annual Champions for Children Golf Classic since its inception in 2009.

The Hutchinsons will be honored as Imagine Award recipients at WineFest No. 17—A Toast to Children’s Health in May for their outstanding service and support.

Greenway, through his Lead the Way Foundation, will be donating a “locker” in the hospital’s family resource center filled with notebook computers, movies, and video game systems to brighten the days of sick kids and their families during their hospital stay.

And Henderson is establishing the Foundation 50 for Sickle Cell Disease to raise awareness of the disease as well as money for patient assistance and sickle cell research at Amplatz Children’s Hospital. Watch a video about Foundation 50’s partnership with us.

Thank you, Vikings, and skol!

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