Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl wide receiver Adam Thielen earned an opportunity to play football at the highest level and is on track to become an all-time great for the Twin City. Now, the humble receiver is looking to assist others in their journey to greatness as well.
Thielen started The Thielen Foundation. Its mission is simple – “to help, educate and inspire people to achieve their full potential.”
Tagged with the “potential” label for years, especially during his time at the University of Minnesota-Mankato where he was an excellent pass catcher, it was at the NFL Regional Combine in 2014 when Thielen was able to show that he had what it takes to play professional football.
Following his trial at the RC, the Vikings gave Thielen that opportunity. From there, history was made and it continues to be made.
Thielen and his wife Caitlin are passionate about the welfare of children’s health and well-being. Prior to the start of the 2018 NFL campaign, The Thielen Foundation partnered with Pediatric Behavioral Health at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. Both the hospital and the non-profit Thielen Foundation share the same purpose, to help children overcome trials and provide support for those battling mental health challenges.
Clearly, the Thielens are in the business of servanthood.
This summer, Thielen held his first Adam Thielen Youth Football camp. The one-day camp welcomed nearly 250 children ages 6 to 16. The young aspiring football players experienced hands-on football coaching and character development training.
Thielen was once one of those kids when he met his idols – Hall of Fame wide receivers Cris Carter and Randy Moss. The All-Pro wide receiver hopes to inspire all the kids he touches just like his idols inspired him.
All proceeds from the camps will benefit the Foundation and its ongoing programming.
Thielen wants to partner with organizations whose missions are to help kids realize their worth and potential.
The NFL Regional Combine provided Thielen the opportunity to jump start a NFL career and last Thanksgiving, Thielen became the first wide receiver from that platform to achieve 1,000 receiving yards in a season and the first Viking to eclipse a 1,000 receiving yards in a season since wide receiver Sidney Rice in 2009.
Through his Foundation, Thielen is creating opportunities for young individuals to not only recognize their potential, but to help them achieve their life’s purpose and destiny.