We believe in the positive power of sport to change our society by showcasing our differences – and similarities – and how we can come together as a team to achieve a greater goal.

That’s why we launched our #ChangeThruSport campaign to support three youth athletics organizations in Minneapolis – Northside Impact Fund, Urban Ventures, and Cooper High School – that provide opportunities for youth to participate in sports and build valuable leadership skills.

Together with your support, we can make an even greater impact on funding these programs throughout the fall.


The Northside Impact Fund was created in response to unrest and COVID-19 to help support various programs and projects in North Minneapolis.

The Thielen Foundation was proud to announce a donation of $25,000 to the help sustain the programming needs for the Northside Bulldogs football program.

Donations provided new cleats and other necessary equipment to the athletes as well as an shopping spree at Scheels. 


Focused on serving the South Minneapolis community, Urban Ventures works to address disparities in academics, nutrition, physical activity, parental resources and more.

Thielen Foundation was proud to donate $25,000 in funds and resources to Urban Ventures to support youth programs affected by the pandemic and unrest in Minneapolis.

Donations supplied new equipment for youth soccer and basketball teams in the Phillips Neighborhood as well as purchased gift cards for businesses damaged on Lake Street due to unrest.


Coaches at Robbinsdale Cooper High School’s lead their players to be excellent in their sports and leaders in the community. The coaching staff and players openly dialogue about issues that promote positive cultural changes on their team, school, and the greater community.

Cooper’s weight room is disintegrating, and Thielen Foundation’s donation of $25,000 will ensure that the weight room will be updated to fulfill the needs of the football team as well as the entire school.


Adam Thielen is an American football wide receiver who plays in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings. Adam and his wife, Caitlin Thielen, founded the Thielen Foundation in the fall of 2018 to help serve, educate and inspire those in need.


With an overarching theme on youth development, the Thielen Foundation aims to create programs that will equip and empower kids to reach their full potential in life.



When we first learned about the Behavioral Health Unit, I was moved by how impactful wellness programming is to the care, experience and future success of these patients, especially yoga.  I love yoga and I can relate to the calm and well-being created by the practice.

Caitlin Thielen

“Adam and Caitlin are moving the chains to make a difference in lives of children in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. We have always been impressed by Adam’s dedication to excellence on and off the field, and today (Sept. 18) the Thielen family is making an even bigger commitment to the community.”

Steve LaCroix, SVP Marketing, Minnesota Vikings

Caitlin and I are extremely excited to be launching the Thielen Foundation! We both share a life goal to give back to the community that has given us so much over the years. We are looking forward to partnering with organizations like the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and other key partners who share in our mission to serve, educate and inspire youth to reach their full potential in life.

Adam Thielen

As our partnership grows with Masonic Children’s Hospital, I hope to get involved with yoga programming and help create educational materials to aid in instruction as well as provide Thielen Foundation yoga mats and resources to make sure every patient has access to this incredible wellness tool.”

Caitlin Thielen

We know that not everyone was given the same opportunities to participate in sports and activities that we were.  And the sports and activities helped us grow & develop into the people we are today.  So, our family feels compelled to give back to the great state of Minnesota.

Adam Thielen


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