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.



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.

Whether on the field or in the local community, the Thielens have been overwhelmed by the love and support they have received from the Minnesota community both growing up and during Adam’s playing career. Because of this, Adam and Caitlin have felt compelled to give back to the community that has given both of them so much over the years. As a result, the Thielen Foundation was formed. 

The Thielen Foundation aims to create programs that serve, educate and inspire individuals so they’re equipped and empowered to reach their full potential in life. 

Our motto, “achieve your full potential”, is a guiding principle lived out by Adam every day and is meant to inspire and motivate individuals to overcome challenges and adversity so they are able to tackle some of life’s biggest goals.



Since 2018





Adam Thielen

Minnesota Vikings WR / President, Thielen Foundation

Steve LaCroix

President, Wisdom Gaming Owner & CEO, LaCroix S&E

Ryan Englebert

CEO & Founder, ETS Sports Performance

Joe McCarney

Partner, Ernst & Young

Kathy Robideau

President & Publisher, MSPBJ

Caitlin Thielen

Vice President, Thielen Foundation

Jamie Tharp

Market President, Pulte Homes of Minnesota

Kayleen Alexson

Director of Brand Experience, Caribou Coffee

John Fritz

Minnesota Market President, Choice Bank

Dave MacLennan

CEO, Cargill

Mike Zenk

President of CHOICE Bank MN

Paul Morrissey Jr.

President, Capital Beverage Sales

Derrick Dinger

Managing Partner, Northwestern Mutual

Luke Inveiss

Secretary, Thielen Foundation / VP of Marketing, IFA

Jim Snee

CEO, Hormel

Matt Steele

Vice President, State Farm

Jonathan Weinhagen

President / CEO, Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce

Blake Baratz

President, IFA

Amy Sinclair

Executive Director, Thielen Foundation


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