Brian Robison is taking his love of fishing to a new and philanthropic level.
The Minnesota Vikings defensive end has his signature sack celebration in which he plays out the action of hooking a fish and reeling it in. This weekend, he’s hoping to reel in real money for K9s4Cops through Robison’s foundation, Reel ’Em In, hosting a bass tournament in Wabasha, Minn. With activities Friday night through Sunday, Robison’s tournament features a $1,000 big bass prize with first place guaranteed at least $4,000 and $15,000 payouts based on a 50-boat field.
Silent, live and VIP boat auctions will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at Slippery’s Tavern and Restaurant in Wabasha, the establishment made famous in the movie “Grumpy Old Men.” On Saturday, the first cast is at 8 a.m. and the last cast at 3 p.m. On Sunday, there is an open tournament beginning at 7 a.m., with registration from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. The entry is $250 per boat, with a portion of all proceeds being donated to placing trained canines in law enforcement agencies and schools.
If you can’t make it to Wabasha this weekend, there is also an online auction that includes custom fishing items and football items signed by several current and former Vikings, including Adrian Peterson, Dalvin Cook, Harrison Smith, Xavier Rhodes and Adam Thielen.
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On Thursday night, Vikings Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren and his wife Greta gave out the first scholarships to students through their new “Kevin and Greta Warren No Doors Closed Scholar Awards.” They awarded two male and two female students $5,000 per year for four years to cover college tuition and others costs. The winners this year were Manuel Andrade, Nia Blanks, Tommy Bui and Dhavena Tejpaul.
The scholarships follow the Warren’s donation of 400 backpacks filled with school supplies to District 191 in September 2016.
The Warrens plan to continue awarding four scholarships annually over the next four years until a total of 16 students are in the program on a rolling basis.
“Greta and I want to ensure we do what we can to give local high school students a critical secondary education opportunity,” said Warren. “We both have a passion for education and have been blessed in our careers, so we view it as our fiduciary responsibility to pay it forward to students within our community.”
On Friday afternoon, Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks will present a $20,000 check to The Sheridan Story for the weekend food programs it operates at more than 140 schools across the Twin Cities. The funds were raised in Kendricks’ “Sacks for Kids” campaign last season, which asked fans to pledge money for each Vikings sack.
That presentation will take place at 1:30 p.m. today at an Apple Valley elementary school. Kendricks will speak to the kids about staying healthy and eating right, and he will help deliver bags of food to the lockers of children on the school’s weekend food program.