Vikings WR Adam Thielen launches new foundation

“We gone to so many other events of other teammates we’ve seen what kind of impact they’ve been making."

Edgar Linares
September 18, 2018 - 7:41 pm

By Edgar Linares

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A Minnesota Viking star wrote a big check to help families dealing with childhood mental health and behavior issues.

The donation of $100,000 by Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen officially launched his new non-profit the Thielen Foundation.

The foundation is a new family undertaking with Adam's wife Caitlin and 2-year-old son Asher at his side during Tuesday’s launch at the Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. The Detroit Lakes-native says he’s been overwhelmed by the love and support he and his family have received from the Minnesota community he felt compelled to give back.

“We gone to so many other events of other teammates we’ve seen what kind of impact they’ve been making,’ said Thielen.

Thielen launched the foundation at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. The foundation partnered with the Pediatric and Behavioral Health Department there to help battle mental health and behavioral disorders plaguing children.

"I feel like it’s overlooked at times, we also feel that that’s an area where we can make a big impact,” said Thielen.

Caitlin Thielen plans to create wellness programs through the foundation involving exercises like yoga and possibly create a larger space for those kinds of activities at the Children’s Hospital.

“I’m just pumped that we’re able to do this as a family and with Asher here and a little man on the way. We’re just real excited,” said Caitlin.

Thielen is a regular guest on the WCCO Morning News providing insight into upcoming games.

He appears with Dave Lee Fridays at 720 a.m. on News-Talk 830 WCCO.