Updated: 03/21/2014 4:12 PM
Created: 03/20/2014 8:35 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
Thanks to Minnesota Vikings fans, the Minnesota National Guard received a $20,000 donation Friday.
Fans held up cards during a game last season to spell out "Thank You Military" as part of the Million Fan Salute, an initiative to let NFL fans digitally salute the military through their favorite teams.
Minnesota was one of five teams to earn recognition. The National Guard received the donation at a ceremony held Friday afternoon at the Vikings' training facility at Winter Park in Eden Prairie.
"The Minnesota National Guard would like to thank USAA and Vikings fans for being vocal supporters of the military mission in our home state and around the world," said Army Lt. Col. Kevin A. Olson, Minnesota National Guard Director of Public Affairs. "The Minnesota National Guard is pleased to accept this award in support of our service members and their families' community enrichment programs."
The Million Fan Salute partners USAA Bank and NFL Fans. They work together to honor and thank the military with exclusive experiences on military bases, at team training camps, and NFL game days.
The Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers also earned rewards for their local military communities.
This donation will enhance the Minnesota National Guard Morale, Welfare and Recreation program which directly supports readiness by providing a variety of community, service member and family support activities and services.