Here at Thielen Foundation, we believe in the power of sport. The 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. We also believe the zip code you are born in should not determine your future potential which is why we developed the #ChangeThruSport campaign.

The #ChangeThruSport program was developed in 2020 to stand in the gap for underserved youth in the upper Midwest. Thielen Foundation boldly puts its passion into action by providing financial support, much needed sports equipment and apparel, along with hope and inspiration for youth to dream big and attain their goals on and off the playing field and set them up for success in life.


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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