Sunday, August 30, 2015

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More Than Words Announcement


As most of you are aware by now, we have set an ambitious goal of raising over $10,000 for the “Chad’s Locker” program headed up by Chad Greenway and his Lead the Way Foundation by August 22nd.

The response has been amazing, as we’re currently right around $5,000 raised (new update coming soon), and Greenway reached out to us with a message he wanted past along to all the readers here at Vikings Territory.

Fans, Friends & Family,

I wanted to take a few minutes to write you all a personal letter regarding the #MoreThanWords Campaign. However, let me preface this whole thing with one simple statement: I am not a writer, I’m a football player. That being said, my parents taught me manners. And, when someone does a good thing for you, you write them a thank-you letter.

Your efforts to restock our children’s lockers across the Twin Cities deserve the biggest of thank you’s.

So far we’ve raised nearly $4,000 for the #MoreThanWords Campaign. As a result, children across the region will get the chance to take a break from their “hospital life” and just feel like a kid, again. The significance of this fun distraction cannot be overstated; these small moments make a huge impact in these children’s lives.

Thank you.

Thank you for your donations, for your time, for your retweets, for your facebook likes, and thank you for doing all of this without expecting anything in return. My wife and I started the Lead the Way Foundation in 2008 and every single year, like clockwork, you folks outdo yourselves. I will never forget what you all have done.

I wish I could say more, but I have to get back to camp. With one week left let’s keep the momentum rolling with #MoreThanWords, everyone! In the spirit of what I said earlier: even the smallest actions, moments, and donation can make the biggest difference. You can be that difference.

Chad Greenway

We still have a long ways to go to meet our goals and I just want to take this opportunity to again encourage you all to make a donation if you can help. For every $10 you donate on behalf of Vikings Territory, your name will be entered into a drawing for a Vikings jersey of your choosing and some other great prizes (one of which is really cool and will be announced soon).



Carl: Wide Receiver
Specifically, Stefon Diggs pushing for slot and punt-return duties. The Vikings are deep at the receiver position, which means there is plenty of competition in a crowded group of pass catchers. Fifth-round pick Diggs has put together a solid camp and is poised to unseat fellow receiver Jarius Wright and punt returner Marcus Sherels for future playing time.

Mike Wallace hasn’t ran more than 100 routes out of the slot in a single season in his career, so with the release of Greg Jennings (who saw plenty of action from the slot last season), it’s likely Diggs, Wright and Adam Thielen who will continue a great battle for coveted slot position reps.

Diggs turned in one of his best performances under the lights on Saturday night at Blakeslee Stadium catching two touchdown passes. The Vikings have also given Diggs some work as a kick and punt returner in camp, after he posted impressive numbers as a return man at Maryland.

Mike Priefer has said Diggs is catching punts better now than he did in college and looks forward to giving him more opportunities as a returner.

Diggs is explosive and can get up field in a hurry once he touches the football. He is a lightning-in-the-bottle type of playmaker who could conceivably take a pre-season punt to the house and turn the pressure up on Vikings’ all-time leading punt returner, Marcus Sherels.

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Please do not miss out on your chance to win a Vikings jersey of your choosing by donating $10 or more to the “More Than Words” campaign. As Chad Greenway discussed with Tom Moore in the video above (check out other awesome training camp interviews here), this fundraising campaign is all about something much bigger than us here at Vikings Territory and we are aiming to make a big impact for a very worthwhile cause.

I can only speak to the importance of the “Chad’s Locker” program so much, but the folks at Lead the Way have gathered a few testimonials from people actually impacted by the generosity of Chad and Jenni Greenway. Those comments are below.

I hope this testimony helps to fund the lockers! My son was born very early, at 28 weeks, and spent most of his first year in and out of the University of Minnesota Amplatz, now the Masonic Children’s Hospital. He was very little, and was always attached to IV’s and tube feedings, and wasn’t very mobile. We used the locker for the portable DVD players so he could still watch Thomas while lying in bed. It kept him distracted from the pain and sickness. He met several Vikings players while there, as we always seemed to be there for a holiday like Thanksgiving! The generosity of this team, and of Chad, is simply overwhelmingly wonderful to the parents who are isolated within the hospital rooms with a sick child. And the TendHerHeart Luncheon I attended was also amazing. Thanks for all that you do to help our kids through their toughest times. God bless you!


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Poster being given away to #MoreThanWords donors.

Our last update on the #MoreThanWords campaign benefiting Chad Greenway’s “Chad’s Locker” program showed significant progress. The effort has yielded $3,609 so far, with Vikings Territory leading the competition between sites, and now we are following through on our promise to ramp up the effort even more.

People choosing to donate, and select Vikings Territory as their favorite site after placing the donation, now have the opportunity to win some Vikings swag!

I am giving away a Vikings game jersey of the winner’s choice (the $100 or less variety) from the Official Team Store, so if you win you will be notified via email and allowed to pick your player of choice. If all goes well, you will have your shiny new Vikings jersey before the regular season opener!

Also, Arif Hasan has donated a printed poster of Teddy Bridgewater (pictured above) to be given away to another lucky winner.

The rules are simple:

  • You will have your name entered into the drawing once for every $10 you donate on behalf of Vikings Territory. That means if you donate $100 your name will be entered into the drawing ten times.
  • If you have already donated to the cause your name will automatically be entered into the giveaway.
  • Vikings Territory’s staff members are not eligible to win.
  • Business sponsors of the fundraiser are not eligible to win.
  • The final day to donate will be August 22nd.
  • The drawing will be held on August 23rd. I’ll maybe even do a video of my kids picking names out of a hat or something and post the winners that way.
  • Winners will be notified by email.

We may add some more giveaway prizes as we get closer to the deadline to sweeten the pot.

In the end, we just want to see the effort hit the end goal of $10,000 raised and we appreciate everyone that decides to participate and donate!


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Image courtesy of Chris Price

The Vikings have been in Mankato less than a week, and fans are already anxious to see where their favorite players sit on the team’s depth chart. After four training camp practices and this morning’s walkthrough session, Mike Zimmer and his coaching staff were expected to make a few changes to the roster, but things appear to be relatively the same as they were on Wednesday.

Thanks to Daniel House at Vikings Corner and Arif Hasan for the quick updates. I expect we’ll see a few changes in 11-on-11 during today’s afternoon practice:

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