A youth football team, referenced in SI's Football in America series, got free tickets to Super Bowl.
A youth football team, referenced in The MMQB's Football in America series, got free tickets to the Super Bowl, reported FOX 9.
The story, Football in America: The Family Game in Minnesota, talked about two boys, Isaiah and Zaevion Henderson, who found a love for football, playing for the Phelps-Minnesota Falcons. The boys were adopted by their aunt after Zaevion's mother was murdered and Isaiah was abused by his mother's boyfriend. Football became a refuge for the two.
The boys were at Sunday's Packers vs. Vikings game, when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell surprised them and gifted the boys and their team the tickets.
The surprise is part of a new NFL initiative that will give 500 tickets away to fans before the big game. Fans will be surprised at games, tailgates and their homes with the tickets. Half of the tickets will be given out by teams, with others given out directly by the NFL.
"The Super Bowl is the ultimate sports entertainment event, but we know that tickets are out of reach for most people," Goodell said in a press release. "...It's one of the many ways we want to thank our fans for their love and support of our teams and the game, and also recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond in our communities."
Super Bowl LII will take place in Minneapolis on February 4, 2018.