Skip to main content

Great read: How Amplatz' new Sullivan Playground is making a difference

  • Author:
  • Updated:

A few weeks ago, the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital opened a new outdoor playground, which in large part was funded by Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan.

Hence the name, Sullivan Playground, which gives patients and their siblings a much-need space to blow off some steam.

Great story. Thanks, John. Thanks, Amplatz. Next subject, right?


Over at the Daily Norseman blog, via SB Nation, there is a lengthy article on how the playground is a definite game-changer.

It's written by frequent contributor Skol Girl, who tells the story of her niece, Ellie, a former patient at Amplatz.

In her words:

"When stories about players' and teams' charitable work do make it into local media, it's a 30 to 60 second segment at best, because that's all a touchy-feely puff piece merits.

While I can appreciate that, sort of, for those of us living lives revolving around caring for critically ill children, touchy-feely heart-warming things are a big deal.

All of those things help relieve stress for our family and give us short break from the tension and uncertainty that rule so much of our lives, those things give us a reason to smile. We live from smile to smile."

That's just scratching the surface, though. Take some time to read her entire post, right here.

Next Up

School dinners lunch

Minnesota to offer free school meals to 90,000 extra students

Gov. Tim Walz, who is facing re-election in November, announced the measure on Monday.


Minneapolis man dies from injuries days after motorcycle pileup

The 69-year-old died after four days at Regions Hospital.

Sebastion Wolbersen-O’Hara

Police: 15-year-old missing from home north of Twin Cities

Authorities say he may be headed to the metro.


Foundation, the building, the win

Identifying Value Plus Catalysts helps your financial strategy and foundation

boating minnesota lake

25-year-old Hopkins man drowns after falling off boat

The man reportedly fell from the boat while fishing with friends.

mayor frey city minneapolis live stream march 14 2022

What's in Mayor Jacob Frey's budget proposal?

Here's a breakdown of what the Minneapolis mayor is focusing on in 2023-24.

Low, Mimi Parker

Low cancels Europe shows due to Mimi Parker's cancer treatment

The Duluth band says the decision follows 'recent changes' in Parker's treatment.

Screen Shot 2022-08-15 at 11.09.39 AM

Wisconsin man admits to 1992 revenge killings 15 years after boyhood tragedy

The 52-year-old man is in custody 30 years after the 1992 double murder.