COACH ZIMMER'S BIO
MAKING A GREATER IMPACT EVERY YEAR SINCE FOUNDED IN 2016, LEARN ABOUT SOME OF OUR PROGRAMS BELOW:
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 awarded $100,000 in scholarships to deserving seniors in Minnesota. To meet or scholarship winners, or learn more about how to apply click here.
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 2020 we donated over 500 backpacks filled with supplies to children in need.
GAME DAY EXPERIENCE
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.
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 in need, donating thousands of hot meals each year on Thanksgiving, and much much more!
FREE YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMPS:
Hosting annual 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 Foundation held its 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. To find out when our next youth camp is, or to sign up, click here.
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 patients and their families.
SHOP WITH A PRO
Our Shop With a Pro Event allows us to give children with terminal illnesses some Christmas cheer where they treated to a fun night out of the hospital which includes a shopping spree, transportation to and from the hospital, and dinner while being accompanied by Vikings players and coach's who are there to assist them while they shop. Click here to learn more!
SHINE BRIGHT FOR KIDS
Every September, during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, MZF teams up with Children's MN hospital to host children and their families going through life threatening illnesses to a once in a lifetime training camp experience, coaching along the sidelines with Coach Zimmer and even breaking down the huddle! Some attend a game at US Bank Stadium, and MZF also donates toys, games, ipads, video games and other needs to the hospital.