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CJ Ham to Host 2024 UNRL Celebrity Softball Game

April 19th, 2024

Adam Thielen is no longer a Viking, but his impact on the Twin Cities community remains strong.

Thielen, who played for the Vikings from 2014-22 (and was on the practice squad in 2013) before signing with the Panthers last spring in free agency, is joining forces with a former teammate for two worthy causes.

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Q&A with Adam Thielen: Former Vikings receiver gives back to Minnesota, has ‘no hard feelings’ about departure

March 28th, 2024

Former Vikings star Adam Thielen spoke with the Star Tribune about finding peace after a frustrating split from the team and Kirk Cousins following him to the NFC South.

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Vikings FB CJ Ham to host Thielen’s charity softball game at CHS Field

March 21st, 2024

The annual charity softball game to benefit the foundation of Minnesota native and former Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen will return to the home of the St. Paul Saints again this spring.

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Five Brooklyn Center student-athletes receive Thielen scholarships

January 22nd, 2024

Five student-athletes at Brooklyn Center High School received Thielen Foundation scholarships last week.


The Thielen Foundation gives $1,000 scholarships to students, youth teams, and high school teams at partnering schools in the Twin Cities every year. Students are nominated by coaches, teachers, and school staff.

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Red Lake’s new weight room signifies holistic investment in athletes, community

December 26th, 2023

Red Lake recently opened up a spacious new weight room funded in large part by a generous grant from the Thielen Foundation, and the new gym is a big hit.

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Thielen Foundation and partners help provide merry Christmas for Salvation Army families

December 18th, 2023

For the sixth consecutive year, Thielen provided Christmas gifts for Twin Cities families served by The Salvation Army, on behalf of the Thielen Foundation and its partners.

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Adam Thielen nominated for 2023 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award

November 22nd, 2023

Panthers wide receiver Adam Thielen was chosen as the team’s nominee for the NFL’s 2023 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.

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Panthers wide receiver helps upgrade Charlotte high school through foundation

October 2nd, 2023

On Monday night, Thielen, his wife Caitlin, and their Thielen Foundation hosted their first-ever “TopGolf Classic” in Charlotte. All proceeds from the event will help upgrade the weight rooms for all students and athletes at Harding University High School.

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Thielen Foundation Holds Highly-Anticipated Youth Football Camp in Detroit Lakes

June 24th, 2023

The Thielen Foundation brought its highly-anticipated youth football camp to Detroit Lakes on Saturday, the first time that the camp has been held in Detroit Lakes.

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Hitman’s Homer Helps Vikings Defense Claim 2023 Thielen Foundation Softball Game

June 1st, 2023

Harrison Smith “pinch-hit” for former Vikings teammate Adam Thielen Wednesday night, hosting the annual¬†Thielen Foundation¬†Charity Softball Game, and Team Defense took home this year’s crown with a 12-9 win over Team Offense at CHS Field.

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Harrison Smith to Host Thielen Foundation Charity Softball Game

April 12th, 2023

Harrison Smith will be pinch-hitting next month for a friend and great cause.

The Vikings safety is stepping in to host the Thielen Foundation Charity Softball Game May 31 at CHS Field.

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Thielen Foundation will continue work in Minnesota despite release from Vikings

March 12th, 2023

Adam Thielen’s philanthropy work in Minnesota will continue, even though his 10-season run with the Vikings has come to an end.

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Thielen Foundation Surprises Resilient 8-Year-Old with Super Bowl Tickets

February 1st, 2023

Devin Dee is working to overcome hurdles in his life, and those efforts have been recognized by Vikings WR Adam Thielen.

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Adam Thielen: 2022 Vikings Community Man of Year & Walter Payton NFL Man of Year Nominee

December 6th, 2022

Adam Thielen is the community.

He’s also the 2022 Minnesota Vikings Community Man of the Year and nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.


Vikings players and Thielen Foundation help Salvation Army serve Thanksgiving meals

November 15th, 2022

For the fifth year, the Salvation Army is partnering with Adam and Caitlin Thielen via the Thielen Foundation to provide 2,000 Thanksgiving turkeys to Minnesota families in need.


Thielen Foundation Pledges One Million Dollar Gift to be Shared by Eight Minnesota-Based Non-Profit Organizations

October 25th, 2022

Thielen Foundation is pledging a one million dollar donation which will be shared between eight different Minnesota-based non-profit organizations.


5 NFL players who have been vocal about their support for mental health

October 4th, 2022

Many NFL players are also known for being extremely charitable in addition to being superstar athletes and famous celebrities. They often speak out about their support for various causes, using their large social platforms to raise awareness for the ones they are most passionate about.


The Hometown Kid: Vikings WR Adam Thielen’s bond with Detroit Lakes

September 21st, 2022

Detroit Lakes, Minnesota will never forget native son Adam Thielen.

But Thielen hasn‚Äôt forgotten his hometown, either. Learn more about Adam’s journey to the NFL!


Vikings receiver Adam Thielen helps give Humboldt High School an impressive makeover

September 13th, 2022

In the middle of the newly renovated weight room funded by the Thielen Foundation, a handful of student athletes shed light on their personal experiences.


Adam Thielen Launches Limited Edition ‚ÄėFirst Down Flakes‚Äô Cereal

August 24th, 2022

Detroit Lakes native and Minnesota Viking wide receiver Adam Thielen has teamed up with Hy-Vee for an exclusive new cereal created in partnership with Thielen and the Thielen Foundation.


Minnesota Vikings Receiver Adam Thielen Hosts Youth Camp For Kids

June 24th, 2022

Minnesota Vikings receiver Adam Thielen brought his youth camp to the Rustad Recreation Center in West Fargo.

The Detroit Lakes native gave one-on-one instruction in football skills and drills to help them improve their game.


Thielen Foundation Unveils New Workout Space at Hospital’s Mental Health Unit

June 7th, 2022

Vikings receiver Adam Thielen and his wife Caitlin took in the renovation for the first time, along with media members and Thielen Foundation corporate partners. The looks on their faces revealed just how far the room had come.


Lifts Offense at Thielen Foundation Softball Game

June 3rd, 2022

Nearly 30 of Adam Thielen’s teammates participated in the game, hosted at CHS Field, to help raise money for¬†Thielen Foundation’s mission of supporting youth and various populations in need.


May 31st, 2022

The Thielen Foundation held a charity softball game at CHS Field on Tuesday. FOX 9’s Dawn Mitchell was at the event to take in the homeruns live in person.


Adam Thielen Hoping to Knock Charity Softball Game Out of the Park


May 16th, 2022

Vikings fans will have a unique opportunity to see their favorite NFL players on a baseball diamond.

Adam Thielen and several of his teammates will switch sports on the evening of Tuesday, May 31, for the Thielen Foundation Charity Softball Game.


Adam Thielen’s foundation to provide grant for new Humboldt fitness center


Jan. 20th, 2022

The Thielen Foundation, headed up by Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen, took a keen interest in the Harding-Humboldt football co-op that formed last year in St. Paul. The foundation reached out to head coach Otto Kraus, now the athletic director at Harding, because it knew of the increased costs that come with forming a new co-op, from uniforms to equipment.

Thielen Foundation Benefiting 11 Minnesota Nonprofits with $375K Donation


Dec. 22nd, 2021

As 2021 draws to a close, Thielen Foundation has announced a special donation of $375,000 that will be shared among 11 Minnesota-based nonprofits. Adam Thielen told media members Wednesday he’s “super excited” about the financial gifts this holiday season.

2021 Thanksgiving meals in the Twin Cities and beyond


Nov. 16th, 2021

The first Salvation Army Thanksgiving meals distribution occurred Tuesday morning at The Salvation Army’s Central service center in Northeast Minneapolis.

For the first time in three years, Brooklyn Center football is playing under the lights in 2021


Sept 24th, 2021

A lighting system failure had forced Brooklyn Center High School to play afternoon games since 2018. But not anymore, thanks in part to the Thielen Foundation.

Minnesota’s Adam Thielen Named Week 2 NFLPA Community MVP


Sept 17th, 2021

Adam Thielen has been named Week 2 NFLPA Community MVP after he and his wife Caitlin donated more than $100K to replace the stadium lights at Brooklyn Center High School in Minneapolis, reviving Friday night football for the first time in three years.

Thielen Foundation Returns Friday Night Lights to Brooklyn Center


Sept 10th, 2021

Vikings receiver Adam Thielen and his wife Caitlin began a relationship with Brooklyn Center High School that previously included a donation of $10,000 for sports equipment and other support. Through fundraising events and sponsorships, the lights were turned on Friday night.

Matterbox Initiative Helping to Feed Kids, Promote Fitness


June 8th, 2021

The organization gave MATTERboxes to about 450 children at a football camp in Woodbury on Saturday. The camp was led by Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen through his nonprofit, the Thielen Foundation. 

Thielen Foundation Launches Fundraiser to Return Friday Night Lights to Brooklyn Center


June 1st, 2021

Thielen Foundation is helping Brooklyn Center High School re-light its stadium for evening games.

Getting Open: Thielen Foundation Addressing Overlooked Mental Health of Youth


April 6th, 2021

Adam and Caitlin Thielen understand the importance of mental health at a young age, which has become the focus of their family’s nonprofit, Thielen Foundation.

Cooper Weight room

Aided by current and former Vikings, Cooper High unveils new weight training facility


February 24th, 2021

Thanks in part to help from current and former Vikings, the student-athletes and staff at Robbinsdale Cooper High School have a brand-new, state-of-the-art weight room that will serve as an exercise and gathering space for the entire school community.

Vikings in the Community: Team Spreads Holiday Cheer Throughout Twin Cities

December 24th, 2020

Through the Thielen Foundation, Adam and his wife, Caitlin, along with sons Asher and Hudson, sponsored five St. Paul-area families for the holidays.

Jennie-O partners with football star Thielen’s turkey giveaway

November 18th, 2020

Player’s foundation helps to provide 2,000 birds to Salvation Army this year.¬†

Thielen Foundation helping donate turkeys to families in need

November 18th, 2020

Adam and Caitlin Thielen and the Thielen Foundation are partnering with Jennie-O Turkey to donate 2,000 turkeys to Minnesota families in need.

Thielen Foundation to provide money, equipment to help three organizations hit hard by COVID-19, riot damage

September 25th, 2020

Vikings receiver and his wife want to make a difference donating money, equipment. 

Thielen Foundation donates $100,000 to Minnesota COVID-19 relief efforts

April 5th, 2020

Adam Thielen will also participate in radiothon on Thursday April 9th.

Thielen Foundation Announces $100,000 MN COVID19 Donation and Radiothon presented by Choice Bank to be held on April 9th with KFAN & iHeart Radio-Minneapolis to raise additional funds for COVID Relief

April 2nd, 2020

On March 15th when Minnesota schools announced they were temporarily closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Thielen Foundation jumped into action with a $25,000 donation to Second Harvest Heartland, to help feed students during this period that would otherwise go without meals.

Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen blesses five families

December 23rd, 2019

For the third year in a row, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen and his wife Caitlin helped provide a merry Christmas for families served by The Salvation Army.

Thielen Foundation focuses efforts on mental health and behavioral unit at M-Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital

December 10th, 2019

Vikings Wide Receiver Adam Thielen and his wife Caitlin Thielen started the Thielen Foundation back in 2018. One of their missions with it focuses on mental health and the behavioral unit M-Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

Adam and Caitlin Thielen Team Up With Jennie-O Turkey Store to Donate 1,000 Turkeys

November 25th, 2019

Jennie-O Turkey Store has partnered with Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen; his wife, Caitlin; and the Thielen Foundation to provide 1,000 turkeys to Minnesota families in need this Thanksgiving season. 

Adam Thielen hosts fundraiser at Top Golf

September 23rd, 2019

Vikings wide receiver held a fundraiser with his wife Caitlin Thielen for the Thielen Foundation.

Adam and Caitlin Thielen’s foundation launches program to reward academic success with athletic equipment

September 10th, 2019

After they arrived for summer practices and first saw their weight room upgraded with new equipment, the athletes at Brooklyn Center High School mostly assumed the free weights and kettlebells in the room had arrived because of funding in the school’s budget.

As they found out Tuesday, that wasn’t exactly the case.

Vikings Teammates Hit Home Runs to Support Thielen Foundation

July 23rd, 2019

Adam Thielen, Harrison Smith, Kyle Rudolph and Anthony Harris participated in a celebrity softball game Monday night at CHS Field, home of the St. Paul Saints. Proceeds from ticket sales benefited The Thielen Foundation, which Adam and his wife, Caitlin, started in 2018.

Thielen Foundation Looks To Grow With Fargo’s Help

June 21st, 2019

Greatness is defined through a multitude of different criteria. For the casual spectator and sports fan, Adam Thielen’s greatness stems from his play on the gridiron on Sundays.

Caribou Coffee Catches the Adam Thielen Dream

December 10th, 2018

Caribou Coffee and Adam Thielen of the Minnesota Vikings have partnered over a pair of custom cleats and to help community kids.

Thielen Foundation receives $300,000 donation, partnership commitment from Choice Bank

November 26th, 2018

Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen is posting big numbers on the field this season with 85 receptions, 1,013 yards and seven touchdowns after the first 10 games, but one of his biggest receptions this year is the $300,000 donation and partnership commitment that he received from Choice Bank.

Adam & Caitlin Thielen Launch Foundation with $100K Donation

September 18th, 2018

Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen, along with his wife Caitlin, officially launched the Thielen Foundation by announcing a partnership with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in its Behavioral Unit.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen Hosts Inaugural Youth Football Camp

June 24th, 2018

Minnesota Vikings Wide Receiver and Detroit Lakes native Adam Thielen hosted his inaugural youth football camp at the TCO Performance Center on June 24. The camp included one-on-one football instruction and focused on character development, leadership and sportsmanship.

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