Understanding the ever-changing needs associated with youth development, the Thielen Foundation will work alongside local organizations to cultivate impactful programs that address the most pressing challenges that hinder young people from recognizing and achieving their full potential. In 2018, our first year, the Thielen Foundation was pleased to partner with the Pediatric Behavioral Health at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, which shares in its mission to help kids overcome adversity and serve as a support system for those managing mental health challenges. In 2019, we were lucky enough to
announce our second partnership – at Brooklyn Center High School – to launch an academic achievement program and donate more than $40,000 in new athletic equipment and support.
University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital
The Thielen Foundation’s first formal partner. Since the inception of the organization, Adam and Caitlin have supported patients and their families with regular visits to in-patient and out-patient care at the hospital and also remote location facilities. The Thielens openly share stories of hope, strength and faith and also offer wellness tools that they incorporate into their busy lives, such as journaling and yoga. They talk openly about how they deal with stress, anxiety and negativity from social media and also the importance of having an encouraging support system.
Adam Thielen Youth Football Camp
Thielen Foundation hosted the Second Annual Adam Thielen Football Camps, at TCO facility in Eagan, home of the Minnesota Vikings. An ELITE Camp, for high school age kids, striving to take their game to the next level was held for 80+ skill position players. The camp included one-on-one football instruction, along with leadership and sportsmanship lessons. Combine tests were led by some of the best performance coaches in the country – trainers from ETS Performance — that have been instrumental in Adam’s career and many other top NFL players. YOUTH Camp was attended by 275 kids ages 6-13 years old.
Salvation Army Christmas
Adam and Caitlin have a long tradition of supporting families in need during the holiday season. Now, Thielen Foundation is taking their giving spirit to the next level and blessing many parents and children with toys, clothing, household essentials and also additional monetary support to help these families with rent, medical bills, tuition, or other things that can significantly increase their quality of life.
At this event, not only do the families receive gifts, Adam and Caitlin spend quality time with each family and offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience of sharing a meal, investing time with their children and offering them hope and encouragement for their futures.
Brooklyn Center High School
In the fall of 2019, the Thielen Foundation launched an academic achievement program aimed at helping to close the achievement gap for underserved student-athletes.
Both Adam and Caitlin can attest to the fact that athletics is a powerful platform that can develop discipline, time management, healthy competitive nature and positive character and leadership qualities.
Change Thru Sport
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.
We have also been fortunate to support many other foundations here in the Midwest that are doing phenomenal work to impact our at-risk youth!
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