U.S. Bank and the Minnesota Vikings Kick Off $1 Million Effort to Enhance Minnesota’s Places to Play

Communities encouraged to nominate projects, share their stories
using #MyPlaceToPlay

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–U.S. Bank and the Minnesota Vikings are teaming up to invest $1 million
over the next three years with U.S. Bank Places to Play, an effort to
make Minnesota an even greater place to live, raise a family and create
lifelong memories.

U.S. Bank encourages community-based nonprofit organizations and local
schools across the state to nominate projects that need funding to be
created or improved, such as parks, playgrounds or youth sports
facilities. The request for proposals is available at usbank.com/placestoplay
through February 18, 2016. The first grants will be announced next
spring in anticipation of the Vikings kicking off at their new place to
play: U.S. Bank Stadium.

“U.S. Bank Stadium is a big place to play, but the smaller ones are
important too,” said Richard Davis, chairman, president and chief
executive officer for U.S. Bank. “Having a place to play can have a
lasting impact on someone’s life. In my case, I think of the endless
hours I was privileged to have spent at local soccer fields coaching my
three kids when they were young. Just think of all of the great life
lessons that are taught and learned on soccer fields and playgrounds.”

Minnesotans are encouraged to share their own story about the impact a
place to play has had on their life on Twitter and Instagram using
#MyPlaceToPlay. Each time the #MyPlaceToPlay is shared, U.S. Bank will
donate an additional dollar to the program up to $10,000.

Minnesota Vikings rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs talked
what having a place to play meant to him: “We had a playground
next to my grandma’s house that I went to pretty much every day because
I was an outdoorsy kid. I wanted to be outside, running around…. This
initiative will create big memories for a lot of young kids.”

“From a playground to a running trail to a football field, places to
play come in many shapes and sizes,” said Mark Wilf, owner and president
of the Minnesota Vikings. “We’re excited to kick off this initiative,
and we look forward to hearing Minnesotans’ diverse stories and helping
to further create safe, quality and accessible places to play across the

U.S. Bank Places to Play will span three years, with additional
application rounds coming in 2016 and 2017. Grantees will be determined
by a selection committee consisting of representatives from U.S. Bank
and the Vikings.

About U.S. Bank
Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB),
with $416 billion in assets as of September 30, 2015, is the parent
company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth largest commercial
bank in the United States. The Company operates 3,151 banking offices in
25 states and 5,001 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking,
investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers,
businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.


U.S. Bank
Pat Swanson, 651-587-3590