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Thielen Foundation announces partnership with Brooklyn Center High School STEAM
Thud, Thud, SKOL! Thud, Thud, SKOL! Thud, Thud, SKOL!
A roar of applause and “Skol” chants greeted Adam and Caitlin Thielen as they walked into the main gym at Brooklyn Center Middle and High School STEAM (BCS) on Tuesday, September 10. The Thielens visited the school to announce a new partnership between BCS and their foundation, The Thielen Foundation. Adam Thielen is a receiver for the Minnesota Vikings and Caitlin Thielen was an athlete while growing up and through college.
“Sports taught me how to be a good teammate and leader, in addition to teaching me discipline and important life lessons,” said Adam Thielen, President of the Thielen Foundation. “I want these athletes at Brooklyn Center to have the same opportunity to grow.”
The event on Tuesday kicked-off an exclusive partnership between BCS and the foundation by introducing a new youth education achievement program with the goal of closing the achievement gap for student-athletes. With support from its partners, the foundation will be providing the necessary resources and equipment for student-athletes to ensure academic and athletic success.
On the field, the foundation will renovate the Centaurs’ weight room, cover athletic fees (as needed throughout the year), and offer nutritious snacks for student-athletes to help them play to their full potential. Furthermore, the program will have monthly inspiration from the Thielens and will require all athletes to attend MATTER nutrition classes, giving all student-athletes an opportunity to learn about the value of health and nutrition in daily performance.
During the event, each fall athlete received a $75 sports equipment gift card from SCHEELS. Players from the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams and the football team received new cleats. Each team took a photo with Adam and Caitlin and participated in a question and answer session.
“We are so grateful for the contributions the Thielens have provided our students and we’re excited to begin this wonderful partnership,” said Nate Gautsch, athletic director at BCS. “This also shows our students we believe in them and we are here to support their academic and athletic needs.”
Off the field, the program will provide encouragement to perform in the classroom through scholarships and other incentives for students who maintain a 2.0 GPA throughout the sports season. A Thielen Leadership Award will be given to a varsity athlete on each team that goes above and beyond and exemplifies leadership qualities on their teams and in the classroom. The Leadership Award will include a $1,000 scholarship for higher education. Each student who completes the season with at least a 2.0 GPA will also be entitled to Adidas gear and a pizza party with Adam and Caitlin Thielen at the end of the school year.