Packers In The Community: Week 7

Andrew Quarless, T.J. Lang, Maurice Simpkins, Nick McDonald and Josh Gordy took part in building a playground at a local elementary school this past week.

Frequently overlooked is what the Green Bay Packers players and the  organization are doing outside the playing field. In an attempt to bring  light to their charitable contributions to the community and balanced coverage, we bring you  this weekly feature...

  • Andrew Quarless, T.J. Lang, Maurice Simpkins, Nick McDonald and Josh Gordy took part in part in the team's Hometown Huddle program on Oct. 19 with the help of the United Way to build a playground at Tank Elementary School in Green Bay.

“This is such a great event to be involved with,” Simpkins said. “I had a lot of fun and I know the kids did too. I love interacting with the community; I mean they are our fans so to be able to work with them on different projects is great."

  • Clay Matthews, Mason Crosby, Brett Swain and Marshall Newhouse participated in the Pro vs. G.I. Joe program on Oct. 15 competing against Wisconsin National Guard members serving overseas in online video games. The Packers also donated $4,000 to the program.

Through the use of a video conference setup, soldiers stationed in Basra and Baghdad, Iraq were able to spend a few hours with the players and battle each other online in the video games ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘Rock Band.’ And from the laughs heard throughout the Atrium, it was clear both the players and soldiers were enjoying the afternoon.

  • The Packers donated $1,000 to the Omro high school football program when coach Dave Wellhoefer was named the team's High School Coach of the Week.

Wellhoefer, in his 11th year as head coach, led the Foxes to a 27-24 victory over St. Mary Springs – the No. 1 ranked team in Division 5 – last Friday to improve the team’s record to 7-1. Omro’s win snapped the Ledgers’ 21-game winning streak, and gave Wellhoefer and his program its first conference championship since 1971.

  • U.S. Army Major Michael Findlay was recognized  by the Green Bay Packers and WPS Insurance through the team's "Operation Fan Mail" before last weekend's game agasint the Miami Dolphins. Findlay and his family received four tickets to the game and a care package.

Operation Fan Mail, which debuted in 2007, is designed to recognize families with a member who is on active duty. The Packers and WPS Health Insurance will host a family at each 2010 home game and recognize them on the field during pregame activities. More than 30 families have been recognized during the past three-plus seasons.

  • The Packers are hosting "Football 101, NFL Workshop for Women" on Saturday Nov. 6 from 1:00 to 5:15 p.m. with part of the proceeds going to benefit the Packers Women's Association whose main focus is "teaming up with the community."

The event will be co-hosted by Packers linebacker Nick Barnett and Jessie Garcia, WTMJ-TV’s sports anchor and reporter who also serves as sideline reporter for the Packers Television Network during preseason games. Chef Leo Dominguez, executive chef for Levy Restaurants at Lambeau Field, will be the event’s guest speaker and share his experiences as the executive chef at Lambeau Field which includes preparing food for the Packers and Curly’s Pub, as well as the gameday fare in the private suites and club seat areas.

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October 22, 2010 at 08:02 pm

this is cool.

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