Winter 2019
Gifts at Work

Kyle Rudolph's End Zone

Wanting to create a place where hospitalized children can just be kids, Kyle and Jordan Rudolph provided the lead gift to create a 2,500-square-foot therapeutic play space at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. Kyle Rudolph’s End Zone, named for the Vikings tight end, is supported entirely by donors and features a sports simulator, games and activities, and much more.

Photography: Steve Niedorf


Jordan Rudolph and Soren Ravnaas maneuver the puck past the Northwestern Mutual indoor basketball court. Soren and his brother, Carson, enjoy trips to the End Zone while visiting their sister.


Donor support provides funding for sports equipment, games, and arts and crafts supplies. Here, Carson Ravnaas uses the simulator to show Kyle Rudolph his kicking skills. Kids use real equipment to simulate a variety of sports.

Right: A list of those who've made the space and all it offers possible.


Isabella Radermacher, a patient at the hospital, works on an art project in the Cub Kitchen. Just like at home, families can grab a snack and hang out in the kitchen, which will one day host cooking classes.

Right: Kids and parents in the Cub Kitchen (courtesy University of Minnesota Health)


The Love Your Melon Lounge has a variety of table games and a vending machine that dispenses Love Your Melon beanies like the one Soren Ravnaas is wearing. Families looking for a quieter space can hang out in the Hall Family Forest.


A young visitor explores the Hall Family Forest (courtesy University of Minnesota Health)


Kids can play video games in the CenturyLink Connect lounge. The adjacent Meridian Behavioral Health Discovery Wall offers them a sensory experience. 

Right: The discovery wall (courtesy University of Minnesota Health)