Minnesota Vikings: Be the Change

Classroom Champions helps bring social and emotional learning to life through the journey of world-class athletes. We are proud to partner with the Minnesota Vikings to bring their players’ experiences and mindsets to help kids learn, grow and start important conversations. Together with Classroom Champions, the Vikings are committed to serving the community and creating measurable impact on and off the field.

STEP 1: Watch Now

Share this video, Conversations with Eric Kendricks, with your students.
COMING SOON: Download the companion reflection graphic organizer below to guide students in making personal connections to the topic of unconscious bias.

Be the Change was created by the Vikings Player Social Justice Committee to share players' stories with the greater community so that we all can listen and learn from one another's journeys of anti-racism and social justice. Former and current Vikings players have lent their personal stories and time to create a suite of animated videos to spark meaningful conversations about social justice in classrooms across the country.

STEP 2: Ready to reflect?

Classroom content is coming soon for Eric Kendricks's video.

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STEP 3: Learn more about the players

ERIC KENDRICKS took a leadership role on the Vikings Social Justice Committee following the killing of George Floyd in Spring 2020, calling for action and leading team and nationwide discussion. His dedication to the community extends to meeting regularly with youth at the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center and working with the Twin Cities-based nonprofit, All Square, a counseling and support group for people with police records reentering society. He auctioned his original paintings and matched the purchase price for donations to food shelves during the Covid-19 shutdown. Eric earned his degree from UCLA in political science, and now is the highest-graded LB in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus in 2019, boasting a score of 90.5. Plus, Eric was named Vikings 2020 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominee.


Who will you hear from next? Linebacker Anthony Barr!