The Minnesota Vikings hosted the 2018 Hyundai Youth Camp at their new practice facility in Eagan and had tight end Kyle Rudolph on hand to work with kids.
It seems as though players, coaches, or the Minnesota Vikings organization are always doing something amazing for the community. The commitment the franchise has shown to giving back is amazing and they deserve a lot of recognition for all they do.
One example of such an event was the Hyundai Youth Camp, which was held at the new practice facility in Eagan, Minnesota and was hosted by tight end Kyle Rudolph where hundreds of kids took part in safety drills and honed their football skills.
The football camp not only helped to encourage kids to be more active, but it also helped the Hyundai Hope On Wheels program, which is a non-profit that raises money to aid with pediatric cancer research.
Between the two camp sessions, Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph took some time to speak with members of the media about the camp and the upcoming season. Here is that session as shared by my own personal YouTube channel:
(My apologies for the video being out of sync near the middle. At least the audio still turned out great, right?)
While not too many of the questions were about the camp in general, Rudolph was sure to state how appreciative he was to be there to work with the kids as well as represent the team during their partnership with Hyundai and relate the camp to his own family where he has two daughters.
Rudolph also fielded questions about his new offensive coordinator and quarterback, to which he replied that the team is working together to make great strides heading into the 2018 season and all he can do is be in the right position to make plays for the team.
Next, moving Rudolph around the offensive formation was brought up and the tight end said he was comfortable being lined up anywhere, even on the outside where receivers typically line up during games.
He also touched on the move of training camp from Mankato to Eagan, where the team will be doing its practices either indoors or outdoors on the fields near the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, which is a little further of a drive.
Finally, Rudolph closed by saying that his goal this season is to win a championship. From the tone of his voice, it’s easy to tell that coming so close to the Super Bowl last year still is fresh in his memory.
Huge thanks go out to Hyundai, the Minnesota Vikings, and Kyle Rudolph for allowing The Viking Age to take a moment to speak with such a great player and individual at the youth camp. Hopefully, there will be many more events like this in the future to help the kids as well as charities in the area.