To honor the life of Vikki Zimmer, Mike Zimmer and his family have created The Mike Zimmer Foundation to benefit the communities of Minnesota and keep Vikki’s big heart and giving spirit alive.





Our goal for The Mike Zimmer Foundation is to give back to the youth of Minnesota and hopefully branch out to greater areas in the future. We want to better lives of children in need by helping them chase their dreams, motivating them to do so and promote a healthy and active way of living as well as stress the importance of education, hard work, and teamwork. This foundation was created by Mike Zimmer and his family to honor the life of their MVP, Vikki Zimmer. Learn more about their motivation here.

Some of the work we do includes:

  • Granting scholarships towards college education for deserving high school seniors who stand out in their academics, community, and athletics. Since establishing in 2016 MZF has handed out seven $10,000.00 scholarships to deserving seniors in Minnesota.

  • Hosting free youth football camps for the public and Boys and Girls Club that teach the fundamentals of football, importance of team work and leadership but also how to take care of their bodies and stress the importance of a healthy lifestyle and way of living. The Mike Zimmer held it's first free youth camp in 2017 for 350 boys and girls. In 2018, we expanded the camp to two days featuring over 700 boys and girls. Campers get a once in a lifetime experience learning about football and teamwork from Vikings players and coaches.

  • Motivating children to achieve honor roll status, and stand out in their school, as well as donating backpacks and school supplies to families who can not afford them. Education is important to us, and we know that having backpacks and school supplies is crucial to learning. Each year MZF donated backpacks filled with school supplies to families in need. Each year our outreach keeps expanding, in 2019 we donated over 300 backpacks filled with supplies to children in need.

  • A special place in Vikki's heart, was volunteering at Children's hospitals. The Mike Zimmer Foundation partners with Children's MN Hospital on several different events and occasions through out the year by donating funds, toys, and needs and creating joy for the patient and their family in their battle with cancer or other chronic and life changing illnesses. In addition to donating to the Children's Coach Zimmer and his family also make hospital visits to paitents and their families.

  • Each Vikings season we team up with Minnesota Children's Cancer hospital for our Viking Game Day experience allows one patient and a family member to attend a game in the beautiful US Bank Stadium, receive field passes and meet and greets with Coach Zimmer and Viking Players, watch the players warm up on the sidelines as they get ready for the game, and receive some brand new Viking Gear.

  • Our Shop With a Pro Event allows us to give children with terminal illnesses some Christmas cheer where they treated to a fun night including a shopping spree, transportation to and from the hospital, dinner and surprised by Vikings players and coach's who are there to assist them while they shop.

  • Salvation Army was always one of Vikki Zimmer's favorite organizations. The Mike Zimmer Foundation teams up with them on several occasions a year including funding Christmas for families, donating thousands of hot meals each year on Thanksgiving, and much much more!

Join our team to keep Vikki Zimmer's giving spirit alive and help support our community.

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