A ‘super’ experience
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — “Grandma wants to help at the Super Bowl.”
That sign, and an extensive screening process led one former Le Mars resident to seize an opportunity many would have loved to experience.
Margaret Fett was one of 10,000 volunteers at Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on Feb. 4.
Fett said her story began when she saw an advertisement for volunteers.
“I did not think I had a chance of being chosen, but knew it did not hurt to try. I knew I would miss out on a wonderful opportunity if I didn’t,” Fett recalled.
With the decision made to give it a whirl, Fett submitted a picture of herself holding the “Grandma wants to help at the Super Bowl” sign.
Soon Fett receiving an application which she quickly filled out and was invited in for an interview.
“I brought a small football and threw it to my interviewer and said I was there to help at the biggest football game of the year. I then waited and waited to see if I made the cut,” she said.
It was in October, when Fett got the call she had been waiting for.
“I got the call I was chosen to be a part of Crew 52. We had three mandatory meetings covering security, human trafficking and how to be a good ambassador,” Fett stated.
Fett said more than 30,000 people tried out to be a volunteer. Over the course of 10 days, volunteers were spread out at hotels, airports, and at activities on Nicollet Mall.
“For two of the 10 days I had the opportunity to work at the volunteer headquarters. I helped check volunteers in as they went to the skywalks, zip lines, and various activities on Nicollet Mall.
“We fed the volunteers on Super Bowl Day and I was even in the hallway with pom poms welcoming the people as they were going to the game,” she said.
Over the years, Fett has made volunteering a big part of her life from helping at Feed My Starving Children, to assisting with Habitat for Humanity, to visiting nursing homes.
“I thought this would be an opportunity to get out of ‘my bubble’ comfort zone and finally it would be fun and a lifetime opportunity,” she said.
For Fett, who is a big football fan herself, the experience to be at the biggest game of all time, was one for the record books.
“I enjoyed meeting the fans and it was a thrill to meet Mark Ingram, the New Orleans Saints running back. I had a great chat with a family from Boston who had been to the previous Super Bowl and federal agents with bomb dogs from Nashville, Tennessee,” she said. “Everyone was excited about being a part of this event an how amazing it was to be a part of. I was honored to wear the uniform.”
Fett lived in Le Mars for more than 20 years while her husband served as pastor at Grace Lutheran Church. Currently she lives in Maplewood, Minnesota and is the proud mom of four children and grandma of six grandchildren. In her daily life she is a volunteer for her church and is currently training her Golden Retriever to be a therapy dog and go to schools in the area once she becomes certified.
“Coming out of this adventure I realized that the Super Bowl is not just the game. There were free concerts and displays where you could get your picture taken with various characters like Babe the Blue Ox. It was family oriented and that was awesome,” Fett concluded. “People were what made it fun and I am so glad I got the opportunity to be a part of it.
“The Final Four is coming to the cities next year and they need volunteers. I have thrown my hat in the ring there too. Who knows, I may get another fun experience like I did at the Super Bowl.”