Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Area Attractions: Friday Super Bowl Events

On Friday, Feb. 2 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., the NFL will host the third-annual Women’s Summit—In The Huddle. Building on the success of last year’s Women’s Summit at Super Bowl LI, which engaged teen girls through an interactive event focused on personal development and achievement, this year’s model will leverage the platform of the Super Bowl to celebrate women in sports with young women from the local Minneapolis community.

Female college and university students from the local Minneapolis area will join members of the broader NFL family and special guests for meaningful discussions on careers in sports, building strong support systems and the advancement of women on and off the field.  

The NFL Women’s Summit—In The Huddle is held in conjunction with Super Bowl LII and in collaboration with the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee and the Minnesota Vikings. The event will take place at Pantages Theater (710 Hennepin Ave.) in Downtown Minneapolis. Speakers and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks.

The event is limited to invited guests. For more information, please follow #NFLWomensSummit on social media.

To recognize their outstanding contributions to the game and to their communities, the three Walter Payton NFL
Man of the Year finalists will participate in a Man of the Year Fan Forum on Friday, Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m. The 2017 Man of the Year finalists – to be announced this Sunday, Jan. 21 during the AFC Championship Game – will participate in a panel with NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL and answer questions from fans in attendance.

Considered the League’s most prestigious honor, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field as well as excellence on the field. The winner will be announced during NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on Feb. 3, the eve of Super Bowl LII, at 9 p.m. (ET and PT) on NBC. NFL Honors will be taped earlier that evening at the Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Merlin Olsen Super Bowl Luncheon takes place on Friday, Feb. 2 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. The annual event has been described by Jerry Jones as the “best event at the Super Bowl.” More than 75 Gold Jackets (living Hall of Famers) and other NFL Legends will be on hand at the private event that honors Hall of Famer Bud Grant and the Wilf Family.

The Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) and NFL will host their third annual Super Bowl Town Hall, “The Next Play: Best Practices for Using Sports to Improve Race Relations,” on Friday, Feb. 2 from 4-6 p.m.at the Super Bowl Media Center presented by Microsoft (Mall of America). The event will be live streamed on RISE’s Facebook page. Current and former NFL greats will participate in a panel discussion to review lessons learned from the activist athlete this season with a focus on what’s coming next. RISE will release a report on athlete activism in 2017 and recommendations for best practices moving forward. RISE aims to use sports to improve race relations. To learn more, visit www.RISEtoWIN.org.

For the past 23 years, Rebuilding Together has partnered with the NFL to host community revitalization projects in Super Bowl cities across the country. These NFL-sanctioned events provide critical home repairs for people in need and their communities.

This year Rebuilding Together Twin Cities will host a community revitalization project on Friday, Feb. 2from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. to rehabilitate six homes and develop a community garden in the Bryant neighborhood of South Minneapolis (401 E. 41st St.). The community garden will give neighbors access to fresh produce, which is extremely limited in the area, and offer residents opportunities to connect with their neighborhood. The Sankofa Garden will also work to establish a community kitchen, giving all neighbors a space to learn about fresh food preparation techniques and nutrition information. Over two days, hundreds of volunteers will help residents in need, providing critical home repairs that address health and safety concerns. As the result of this partnership, the Bryant neighborhood of South Minneapolis will be stronger, more vibrant community.

To learn more about Rebuilding Together’s Kickoff to Rebuild project, visit rebuildingtogether.org/ktr.

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