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U.S. Bank & Minnesota Vikings: Places to Play

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The Sanneh Foundation was chosen to receive a grant from U.S. Bank and the Minnesota Vikings on behalf of their #PlacesToPlay campaign.  Places to Play provides grant funding to non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations and schools in low- to moderate-income communities in Minnesota to improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local play spaces. The Sanneh Foundation was gifted this grant in order to make much needed improvements to the gym in their very own Conway Community Center. 

Then announcement of the grant was an eventful June day. Many kids in the neighborhood were out playing at Conway, but they didn't know that we had a surprise for them!  Around Noon, representatives from U.S. Bank and the Minnesota Vikings showed up to Conway for interviews, and to announce the grant. These representatives included U.S. Bank Twin Cities Market President Philip Trier, Stefon Diggs of the Vikings, Viktor the Viking, and Vikings cheerleaders. The kids were ecstatic to meet the guests, and also get a chance to play flag football and soccer with Diggs, who after, stayed to sign autographs and take pictures with community members.

“We’re investing in areas across the state of Minnesota where not only the children are coming together but really bringing together entire communities,” says Phillip Trier, which really aligns with The Sanneh Foundation’s mission to empower youth, improve lives, and unite communities. With the grant being put towards a new gym, it is definitely an investment that will bring the community together even more, while providing a safer place to play.

Thank you to U.S. Bank, the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders, Viktor the Viking, and wider receiver  Stefon Diggs,  for making a special day for everyone in the neighborhood to remember. The kids can’t wait for the new gym. Everyone deserves a place to play. View the full video below.


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