The Minnesota Vikings granted their first “George Floyd Legacy Scholarship” previously today.
Minneapolis native Meredith “Mimi” Kol-Balfour got $5,000 from the Vikings, an amount the NFL group plans to continue giving to students each year in Floyd’s name. The group has likewise expanded its “Social Justice Committee” while owner Zygi Wilf has committed $5 million to “organizations that work for social justice,” a Vikings press release stated.
“After the killing of George Floyd, we all got together, we thought it was extremely important for our company to produce this tradition scholarship and honor his name. This scholarship will go on and on forever,” stated General Supervisor Rick Spielman.
He likewise commented on the Social Justice Committee: “Our Social Justice Committee is driven by the players with the support of our ownership, not just economically, but supporting the players on their platform and providing an opportunity to head out and make change, which is so desperately needed in this nation today.”
The committee advocates for 3 positions, according to the release. First, it desires to encourage Minnesotans to vote. Second, it desires to support the adoption of “impactful educational curriculum on bigotry and Black history.” This specifically implies that the Vikings will attempt to set up a curriculum called “306 Black History” in up to 25 Minnesota schools, per WCCO. Third, it advocates “for police and criminal justice reform.”
These efforts will be supported by a $1 million dedication from the Vikings, WCCO reported.
The team promoted its three social justice objectives on its Instagram page.