MINNEAPOLIS — The household of George Floyd will attend the Minnesota Vikings’ season opener in opposition to Green Bay.
The stadium is about three miles from the place the 46-year-old handcuffed Black man died in police custody as a white officer pressed his knee in opposition to his neck for almost eight minutes.
The Vikings introduced Friday their plans to elevate consciousness of points of racism and injustice at U.S. Bank Stadium earlier than Sunday’s recreation, which might be performed with out followers as a result of of the pandemic.
Floyd’s members of the family might be contained in the constructing and acknowledged after the efficiency of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the Black nationwide anthem that the NFL determined to play together with the standard “The Star-Spangled Banner” earlier than each recreation this season.
The Vikings may even honor Minneapolis therapists Sara and Jamil Stamschror-Lott, a pair that based a company centered on neighborhood therapeutic. They’re additionally leaders at All Square, a neighborhood nonprofit social enterprise that seeks to empower previously incarcerated people.
The Vikings and their social justice committee have labored carefully with All Square and lately awarded a $35,000 grant to the group.
Players will put on T-shirts throughout warmups with the phrases “Be the Change” on the entrance and the names of 200 folks killed by acts of racism or police brutality on the again. They even have the choice of affixing decals to their helmets bearing a quick social justice message or the title of a sufferer of systemic racism.