Students of St John Paul II Catholic Preparatory School in Minneapolis joyfully put on brand new coats as current and former members of the Minnesota Vikings greeted them.
One of the Vikings’ backup quarterbacks, Kyle Sloter, and former offensive lineman Matt Birk high-fived the children, posed with them for pictures and signed autographs. Sloter and Birk partnered with the Knights of Columbus’ annual Coats for Kids drive, which takes place each Super Bowl week in the game’s host city.
“It’s another example of how I think the Knights step up and do good things,” said Birk, who also is a member of the Knights of Columbus. “With the Super Bowl here, it’s a good time to remind people of what’s important,” he said following the visit, which occurred in the week prior to last night’s Super Bowl. “It’s not the be all and end all,” he added.
The Knights distributed the donated coats to the school’s 119 students in the gym during a morning program that included a bit of the pageantry surrounding the city the week of the game. Multiple videographers and photographers surveyed the crowd, capturing an event the Knights’ Connecticut-based Supreme Council has organised annually since the 2009 Super Bowl.
Last night the Philidelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl title at Super Bowl LII as the underdogs defeated current holders of the Vince Lombardi trophy, the New England Patriots with a final score of 41-33.
Picture: Matt Birk, former Minnesota Vikings player and alumnus of Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St Paul, Minn., shakes hands with second-grader David Arcentales of St John Paul II Catholic Preparatory School in Minneapolis during the Coats for Kids program on 29th January. At right is Patrick Farrelly, a Knight and a member of St Joseph the Worker Parish in Maple Grove, Minn. He is the state chairman of Coats for Kids. (CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit).