MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- With just 52 days until Super Bowl LII, the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee and NFL surprised the Minneapolis North High School Football team with a super opportunity.
The North Minneapolis Polars will play a practice game at US Bank Stadium on Friday, February 2, two days before the big game, so television cameras can run through the live event.
“You will suit up in your uniforms and you will be the very first people to see that stadium all dressed up for the Super Bowl,” said Maureen Bausch, Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee CEO.
The players also received a pass to a Super Bowl experience, with behind the scenes access, andBthe high school received a $5,000 grant from the NFL Foundation.
Confetti soared and the players hugged when the announcement was made. Roman Oben, VP of NFL youth football and Super Bowl champion was also in attendance to encourage the players.
A once in a lifetime opportunity for the team who won the 2016 state championship, and their beloved head coach, school resource officer Charles Adam III.
“They’ve always followed leadership, be true to yourself and believe in what you want to do, years ago when our school was down and nobody wanted to come here, I believed we could get where we are at right now,” said Adams.
Adams never expected he’d receive an ultimate surprise for his leadership. EJ Henderson, Minnesota Vikings youth football manager and former NFL player, awarded him with tickets to attend the Super Bowl.
He thought he was helping the committee surprise the students but didn't expect the surprise himself.
“Oh, my goodness, I cannot believe it, wow,” said Adams. “These kids have taught me how to be consistent. If you believe in something, stick with it.”
Adams is a longstanding North High alum, he graduated from the school and so did his parents. He now serves kids in the same halls he roamed as a child, as the school resource officer by day, and by night, he turned a tough-luck program into a state powerhouse.