Former Viking To Distribute Coats for Children With Knights of Columbus

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Former Viking Matt Birk to lead event at St. John Paul II Prep

WHAT:  Area children in need will receive brand new winter coats at an event sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and hear a brief talk by a Harvard-educated former member of the Minnesota Vikings.

WHO:  Former Viking Center Matt Birk, who played 11 seasons with the team and appeared in six Pro Bowls, will distribute coats with local Knights of Columbus to needy youngsters.  This will highlight how the Super Bowl and surrounding events include a place for community service and education. Birk will be joined by Minnesota Vikings Team Chaplain Father Michael Van Sloan.

WHEN:  10:00 a.m. to 11:30 on Monday, January 29.

WHERE:  St John Paul II Preparatory School, 1630 4th NE Minneapolis, MN

WHY:  Holding a Coats for Kids program helps to meet a practical need and allows youngsters an opportunity to interact with professional athletes and hear about sportsmanship and the values that helped lead them to success in all aspects of life.

COVERAGE:  Media are invited to attend and cover the event.  However, advance publicity is not possible, as the general public is not invited to the coat distribution.

A SUPER BOWL TRADITION:  KofC Coats for Kids events have been held prior to the Super Bowl in the game’s host cities since 2014.

THE KNIGHTS:  With 1.9 million members worldwide, the Knights are one of the most active charitable organizations in the United States; donating more than $177.5 million last year along with more than 75 million hours of service to charitable causes.