Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Area Attractions: Super Bowl Events - Saturday

The following is a sampling of events planned for service members and their families in the Minneapolis area during Super Bowl Week:
·†††††††††USAA will host current and former military and their guests at the “USAA Salute to Service Lounge” within Super Bowl Experience. The Lounge will be open on Saturday, Feb. 3 and serves as an exclusive area for current and former military members and their families to enjoy complimentary food and beverage, games, NFL player meet and greets and more.
·†††††††††The NFL and USAA will recognize the winner of the 2017 Salute to Service Award presented by USAA at 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. Created in 2011, the Salute to Service Award acknowledges the members of the NFL for their exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community and their families.

The night before the AFC and NFC champions meet at Super Bowl LII, the NFL will salute its best players, performances and plays from the 2017 season with a two-hour primetime awards special - NFL HONORS. The annual awards show and Red Carpet will take place at Northrop at the University of Minnesota and air on NBC at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Saturday, Feb. 3.

For the first time, the NFL is providing local students with the opportunity to be a part of the multi-faceted production of this prestigious event. Teaming with the University of Minnesota, the NFL offered internship positions in a variety of areas, including NFL Honors red carpet production, television production, media operations and public relations. Following an application process, 64 University of Minnesota students were selected to receive paid internships and will play an integral role in the preparation leading up to and the execution on show day in Minneapolis. In addition, University of Minnesota students, faculty, and alumni will have the opportunity to be a part of the awards show as volunteers onsite.

Current and former players celebrate football and family at the third annual NFL & All Pro Dad Family Football Clinic at Super Bowl LII. Presented by NFL Player Engagement and All Pro Dad organization, players are invited to bring their children and significant others to participate in fun football activities onSaturday, Feb. 3 at the (7000 Washington Ave. S., Eden Prairie). Players and their children will learn how fun it is to PLAY 60 and create new football memories as a family. Within each football activity, kids and their parents will participate in an exercise designed to foster engagement and relationship building among family members. The clinic will begin at 9:30 a.m. with player media availability at 11:30 a.m.

The NFL, in collaboration with Comcast-NBCUniversal and Mayo Clinic, is calling on innovators to share their solutions to help advance the game of football and athlete safety. On Saturday, Feb. 3, the partners will host 1st and Future, the NFL’s official pitch competition, at the Guthrie Theater (818 S. 2nd St.) from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Up to nine startups will be invited to present their game-changing technologies in the following three categories: Technology to Improve Athletic Performance, Advancements in Protective Equipment and New Therapies to Speed Recovery. The startups will pitch their products to an exclusive audience and one winner from each category will be selected by a panel of judges comprising of former NFL players, entrepreneurs and medical experts. The winners will receive a $50,000 prize from the NFL and two tickets to Super Bowl LII.

The 2018 Super Bowl Breakfast will be held Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Hilton Minneapolis (1001 S Marquette Ave.) from 8 - 10 a.m. The breakfast will feature a presentation of the 2018 Bart Starr Award to an NFL player for outstanding character, integrity and leadership on and off the field. In addition, the program features Super Bowl Champion Coach TONY DUNGY, Minnesota Vikings greats JEFF SIEMON, ALAN PAGE, GREG COLEMAN, CHUCK FOREMAN and DOUG SUTHERLAND and emcee AKBAR GBAJABIAMILA, co-host of American Ninja Warrior. Tickets can be purchased at www.superbowlbreakfast.com.

The 18th Annual Player Networking Event™ (PNE) will take place Saturday, Feb. 3 from 12 – 6 p.m. on the 45th Floor of the Minneapolis City Center (33 South 6th St.). PNE, a collaboration of over 50 organizations, targets businesses committed to helping active and former NFL players prepare for life after football through various post-event opportunities including group counseling, career coaching, mentoring, job shadowing, internships, entrepreneurial training, franchising and employment.

Highlights for PNE 2018 include featured charities founded by current NFL players Chris Harris Jr. (Denver Broncos) and Malcolm Mitchell (New England Patriots); workshops on networking and socio-economic mobility; an Internet radio broadcast spotlighting player-owned businesses and transition success stories; hourly career-related social media challenges; a three-hour trade show; and a wine tasting wellness hour following the trade show. 

For more information, visit www.pneinfo.com or contact pne@troupe21.com.

Taste of the NFL (TNFL) is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to raising awareness and funds for hunger relief organizations in the 32 NFL cities and across the country. Proudly celebrating its 27th year at Super Bowl LII, the organization conducts national and local fundraising events throughout the year, culminating in the annual Party with a Purpose® on Super Bowl Eve. Since its inception, Taste of the NFL has raised more than $25 million, which has provided more than 275 million meals for Americans. All proceeds raised are donated directly to local and national food banks in each of the 32 NFL cities.

This season’s Party with a Purpose® will be held at the Saint Paul RiverCenter (175 W. Kellogg Blvd.) on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. with a musical performance at 9 p.m. An evening celebrating two of America’s favorite pastimes — food and football — Taste of the NFL’s 27th Annual Party with a Purpose® pairs extraordinary chefs from the 32 NFL cities together with current, Hall of Fame and alumni players from each of the NFL franchises as they serve over 45,000 tastings for 2,500 guests. These efforts have resulted in more than 200 million new meals for Americans in need (many of them children and seniors), who have turned to their local food banks for assistance. Event attendees will also enjoy live musical entertainment from notable performers and have the opportunity to bid on over 250 unique sports and celebrity memorabilia, vacation packages and other coveted auction items. ANDREW ZIMMERN is the Culinary Host for this year’s Party with a Purpose®.

Follow @TasteoftheNFL on Instagram and Twitter as they #KickHunger this season, or visit Taste of the NFL on Facebook at facebook.com/TasteoftheNFL.

Tickets to this event can be purchased at www.TasteoftheNFL.com.  Media wishing to cover the event should apply for credentials here.

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