Congratulations to Alexandria Area High School junior wide receiver Kristen Hoskins and Lewiston-Altura senior Samuel Bronk, two of five student-athletes being honored by the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings as Community Captains for 2020. The award is for student-athletes who demonstrated extraordinary leadership on and off the field and served as role models for youth in the community.
According to a news release from the team, Hoskins was nominated for his “involvement with youth in the community and efforts as a volunteer NFL Flag Football coach,” while Bronk was honored for his “extracurricular involvement at his school and volunteer work within the community and church.”
Minnesota varsity athletes across all sports with a 3.0 GPA or higher and a history of community service were eligible for the distinction. Each winner received a Sleep Number 360® smart bed, a $1,000 scholarship, a $1,000 donation to the charity of his or her choice, custom Vikings merchandise and tickets to a 2021 Vikings game.
Here are all of the other winners:
Part of what makes our 2020 @SleepNumber Community Captains so special is what they do in the classroom and in their community.— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) December 17, 2020
As part of their recognition, each captain receives a $1,000 donation to the charity of their choice. pic.twitter.com/5ND2PJfYdi
Bridget Blaney – Hill-Murray High School (Soccer)
Charity: Feed My Starving Children
Blaney was nominated for her volunteer efforts in multiple youth-focused organizations, such as vacation bible school and theater and youth soccer camps.
Samuel Bronk – Lewiston/Altura High School (Football, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Trap Shooting)
Charity: Fools Five
Kristen Hoskins – Alexandria Area High School (Football)
Charity: Black Youth Project
Haley Reeck – Edina High School (Lacrosse, Soccer)
Charity: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Reeck was nominated for her work in the community and efforts that helped raise $10,000 to bring awareness to racial injustice.
Luke Swanson – Fieldhaven Academy (Cross Country, Track and Field)
Charity: It’s Our Neighborhood
Swanson was nominated for his volunteer efforts during the pandemic that included the redesigning and 3D printing of PPE and related materials.