MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 26, 2013 – Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota today announced they are coming together with Minnesota Vikings running back and reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson and his All Day Foundation to advocate for the health and well-being of kids throughout the state. The announcement coincides with The All Day Foundation and Children's forthcoming fundraiser on Sept.10, "The Eat Big, Give Big Texas BBQ – An Evening with Adrian Peterson."
To celebrate the news, Peterson visited with patients and families at Children's Minneapolis campus on Monday.
"It is humbling to see the courage, strength and positive attitude of these kids knowing what they are going through," said Peterson. "I'm glad I've been able to see the amazing work of Children's first hand, and I'm excited about teaming up to support kids' health."
Proceeds from this first-ever event will go toward the Midwest Children's Resource Center, a hospital-based program at Children's designed to diagnose, treat and advocate for victims of child abuse and neglect, and The All Day Foundation, founded by Peterson in 2008 to raise awareness and funds for programs that inspire hope and build a better future for at-risk kids, with a special focus on girls' leadership and protection.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with Adrian Peterson as shared advocates for the health and well-being of Minnesota's children," said Theresa Pesch, president, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Foundation. "We welcome him as a member of our extended team and thank him for being a positive and inspiring role model for kids throughout the state."
More information about the Sept. 10, "The Eat Big, Give Big Texas BBQ – An Evening with Adrian Peterson" is available at childrensmn.org/Eatbiggivebig.
About Children's of Minnesota:
Serving as Minnesota's children's hospital since 1924, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health care organizations in the United States, with 381 staffed beds at its two hospitals in St. Paul and Minneapolis. An independent, not-for-profit health care system, Children's of Minnesota provides care through more than 12,000 inpatient visits and more than 300,000 emergency room and other outpatient clinic visits every year. Children's is the only Minnesota hospital system to provide comprehensive care exclusively to children. Please visit childrensMN.org.
About The All Day Foundation:
In 2008, Adrian Peterson established the All Day Foundation to raise awareness and funds for programs that inspire hope and build a better future for at-risk children, with a special focus on girls' leadership and protection. The Foundation partners with nonprofits to make an impact in three primary focus areas:
• Children & Families – Supporting the healthy development of at-risk children and their families.
• Girls' Leadership & Protection – Empowering girls with lifelong skills and values, and building a safer environment for them to live as leaders.
• AD Hometown Programs – Giving back to the communities and institutions that have provided Adrian with much appreciated mentorship and support.
For more information, visit alldayfoundation.org.