Minnesota Twins owners pledge $25 million toward racial justice initiatives

The owners of the Minnesota Twins pledged Wednesday to invest $25 million toward racial justice initiatives over an unspecified amount of time, marking one of the largest financial commitments to the matter by the owners of a sports team since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis late last month.

The Pohlad family, which has owned the Twins since 1984, said in a news release that its commitment will include resources from both the family's business (Pohlad Companies) and its nonprofit organization (The Pohlad Family Foundation), as well as individual donations from family members. 

"Black people have experienced oppression and racism for far too long in this country," foundation president Bill Pohlad said in a statement. "We know this will take time and effort, and we are committed to this work beyond this seminal moment in our country's history."

The Pohlad family said in its statement that its $25 million investment will both provide "immediate relief … in impacted communities" and also focus on "impacting structural change."

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The financial commitment comes as the nation is still grappling with the killing of Floyd, a black man, when police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes on May 25. The incident, which occurred roughly four miles south of the Twins' home stadium, has since sparked nationwide protests.

The NFL's Minnesota Vikings also made a significant charitable contribution in a similar vein Wednesday. The Wilf family, which owns the team, announced it will donate $5 million to "social justice causes throughout the United States."

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