Category Archives: Community Service

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September

Teen Cody Monroe gets wish granted by Green Bay Packers

Cody Monroe (right) got to hang out with his favorite player, Aaron Rodgers.

Cody Monroe (right) got to hang out with his favorite player, Aaron Rodgers.

Cody Monroe got the experience that most people can only be jealous of.

The 17-year-old lifelong Green Bay Packers fan got an amazing surprise when he the Kids Wish Network awarded him with a day spent with members of the green and gold.

To say that Monroe has been through a lot is quite the understatement. The teen was born with kidney failure, has had two kidney transplants and is also on the waiting list for another. According to UpToDate.com, there are 93,000 registered patients waiting on the kidney transplant waiting list as of late 2010.

But hopefully he was able to forget about those things for a few hours as he was introduced to his favorite player and the best quarterback in the NFL — Aaron Rodgers. Once on the practice field, Monroe got to break the team huddle and he even got his own locker complete with a game jersey.

“He really felt like he was part of the team” said Cody’s mother Deborah. “All of the players went out of their way to make him feel special, like he was one of them.”

But it didn’t end there. He got one-on-one time with many players, including the leaders of the offense and defense — Rodgers and Clay Matthews. He also ate lunch with the players in the team cafeteria.

One of the best things about the whole experience was that Monroe was able to share it with his brothers.

Words cannot express how many smiles and raised eyebrows the Kids Wish Network and the Packers gave to one family over just a few short hours. Monroe knows he’s going to need another kidney soon, but living out his dream helped to temporarily cover up his daily nightmare.

You can read the full story about Cody and the Packers here.

 

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Cory Jennerjohn is from Wisconsin and has been in sports media for over 10 years. To contact Cory e-mail him at jeobs -at- yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter: Cory Jennerjohn

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13

June

Special Event this Weekend: The Ultimate Packer Fan Connection

Ultimate Packer Fan Connection

Ultimate Packer Fan Connection

“The Ultimate Packer Fan Connection” began as just a thought three years ago by Super Fan Wayne “The Ultimate Fan” Sargent and Steve “The Owner” Tate. Fans from all over the world brought them to realize there was a need to host an event reuniting unity amongst Packer Fans. With the cooperation of The Stadium View Bar and Grill “The Ultimate Packer Fan Connection” was founded. This annual Event will feature a Packer Player as host to raise money for his cause or charity.

On Saturday, June 15th Packer Fan’s from all over the country will be heading to “The Stadium View Bar and Grill” in Green Bay to participate in the 2nd annual “Ultimate Packer Fan Connection”. This year’s event is hosted by Pro Bowler and Packer Hall of Famer William Henderson on behalf of the Kiwanis Organization and Children’s Autism. Together they have set a goal to raise 1.5 Million Dollars to purchase and donate iPads with special apps that assist and enable Autistic Children to learn and communicate with these newly found tools. 100% of the proceeds will go to Children’s Autism.

This star struck event has players of both past and present are scheduled to appear. Packer HOF William Henderson, 2013 Packer Hall of Fame Inductee Chris Jacke, 6 Time World Champion Fuzzy Thurston, Pro Football HOF and Packer HOF Willie Davis, Randall Cobb, Dujuan Harris, Mason Crosby, Santana Dotson, Packer HOF Frank Winters are just some of the players scheduled to appear. Come join in on a daylong event featuring Meet and greets, live Music, Raffles, Unique memorabilia, Food, Beverage and much, much more. This is a FREE EVENT and the public is invited.

Please go to www.theultimatepackerfan.com for more information.

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Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.

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12

June

A.J. Hawk, Dave Robinson honored at Lee Remmel banquet

Former Packers LB Dave Robinson

Former Packers LB Dave Robinson

At the 14th Lee Remmel Sports Awards Banquet on June 11–what would have been Vince Lombardi’s 100th birthday–Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk and Lombardi-era star Dave Robinson each received an award for their achievements on and off the field.

Hawk was the recipient of the Professional Achievement Award. Since being selected No. 5 overall by the Packers in 2006, Hawk has proven to be a reliable piece of the defense, playing in 110 of a possible 112 regular season games in seven seasons.

“From the very first step off the plane, we realized that there’s something special here,” Hawk said. “Something is different, and it’s so unique.”

Off the field, Hawk has remained active in the community, serving as the spokesman for the Wisconsin Special Olympics. Hawk has also supported the Donald Driver Foundation, the Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer, the Greg Jennings Foundation, the Al Harris Outreach Program, and the 2nd & 7 Foundation, which is fellow Ohio State alum Mike Vrabel’s charity.

“I love being able to play football here, and I hope to do it for as long as possible,” Hawk said. “I hope to bring many more Super Bowls back to Green Bay. I got one, but sitting next to a guy like Dave, that’s nothing. He laughs at that.”

Hawk was a starter on the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV championship team, whereas Robinson started for the Packers in Super Bowls I and II, which capped off an historic run of three consecutive World Championships.

While accepting the Distinguished Service Award, Robinson reminisced about the 1966 NFL Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys. With a berth in Super Bowl I on the line and facing a fourth-and-goal late in the fourth quarter, Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith was in Robinson’s grasp before his desperation pass was intercepted by Tom Brown. The Packers ran the clock out and won 34-27, punching their ticket to the first ever Super Bowl.

“Without that game, the Lombardi Trophy may very well be called the Landry Trophy,” Robinson said. “And that just makes me sick.”

In Robinson’s ten years in Green Bay, the Packers never lost to the Cowboys, with the exception of one exhibition game in Dallas. Robinson, a member of the 1960s All-Decade team, still questions the Cowboys’ “America’s Team” label.

8

June

Packers Coach Mike McCarthy is Awesome

Packers coach Mike McCarthy is dedicated to his community work.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy is dedicated to his community work.

A lot of ink has been spilled and hot air bloviated this week about Brett Favre taking some of the blame for his split with the Packers and Greg Jennings possibly holding a grudge against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers after departing Green Bay for Minnesota.

Both of those topics merit further discussion. They also move the meter and bring out the passion — for better or worse — of Packers fans and media personalities.

Unfortunately, both of those stories broke around the same time Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel wrote an excellent piece about Packers coach Mike McCarthy and his commitment to both his family and community outreach.

Push pause on all the thoughts that are running through your head about when Favre might finally have his number retired as a Packer, or whether Jennings will send Rodgers a Christmas card this year, and read Nickel’s story.

I get that we don’t truly know the coaches and players that we cheer for every Sunday, but I am pretty confident that McCarthy is a helluva guy and about as genuine as they come. I’m really proud that he’s the coach of the Packers.

I’ve always been impressed with McCarthy’s demeanor throughout the season. He’s never too high and never too low and always remains resolute while looking forward. You can tell he would rather talk about Justin Bieber’s fashion sense than answer questions about the Packers sometimes, but he’s always respectful and provides at least some level of insight.

It looks like many of those same characteristics carry through to McCarthy’s community work and family life. He may tick fans off by calling for a 50-yard bomb on 3rd and 1 or not running the ball as often as we’d like, but any coach will tick off fans with stuff like that on occasion.

I’ve already written too much about this topic. Stop reading this, and go read Nickel’s story. Keep up the good work, Mike.

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Adam Czech is a freelance reporter and a Packers fan living in the Twin Cities. Follow Adam on Twitter. Read more of Adam's writing on the Packers here.

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30

May

Interview With the Gravedigger, Former Packer Gilbert Brown

Gilbert Brown All Star Football Camps

Gilbert Brown All Star Football Camps

Gilbert Brown talks about his Youth Football Camps, his Foundation and the Packers. Join us tonight, 8PM Central Time for this live interview on the Packers Talk Radio Network on BlogTalkRadio.

The Cheesehead Radio crew will be interviewing this immensely popular Packers Hall of Fame Member, who spent ten seasons with the Packers.

These days, Gilbert serves as the Head Coach of the Green Bay Chill, part of the Legends Football League (formerly Lingerie Football league).

Every summer, Gilbert holds several Youth Football Camps in Wisconsin, including one totally free camp for inner-city kids, who get three meals a day in addition to some expert football instruction.

For more information about Gilbert Brown’s All Star Football Camp, please visit Mayfield Sports Marketing or The Gilbert Brown Foundation. And be sure to follow Gilbert on Twitter

Through his foundation, he is also very actively on a mission to stomp out bullying. As hard as it may be to believe now, Brown himself was bullied as a child.

So be sure to tune into Cheesehead Radio tonight, with your hosts “Jersey” Al Bracco, Jayme Joers, C.D. Angeli, and John Rehor for great conversation with a Packers legend to satisfy your Packers fix on the Packers Talk Radio Network.

 

ADDED 5/30/13:  if you missed the show, here it is:

 

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27

May

The Path of the Warrior

On this day when we honor our fallen heroes, I’ve made an executive decision – no Packers talk today.  Just a heartfelt thank you to all who have served our country, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice. We honor your memory every day, not just today.

Here’s a video worth watching. Only six minutes of your life…

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Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.

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7

May

Ryan Pickett Interview on Packers Talk Radio Network

Packers Defensive L:ineman Ryan Pickett

Packers Defensive Lineman Ryan Pickett

Green Bay Packer defensive lineman Ryan Pickett recently joined the hosts of CheesheadRadio to talk about football, his charitable endeavors, “his “grizzled veteran” status at 33 yrs old, and his outlook on life in general. It’s a fascinating interview that gives you a unique look inside the mind of this huge man with a heart of gold.

The Pickett interview starts at the 17:00 mark, but I hope you’ll have time to listen to the entire show and become a regular Cheesehead Radio subscriber on itunes or listener on Blog Talk Radio.

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Find out more out Ryan’s Charitable foundation, Team 79, at theryanpickettfoundation.com, and get the full details about his Celebrity Golf Tournament coming up at  Barona Creek Golf Club in Lakeside, CA.

Here’s some info on Ryan’s Golf Tournament:

WHAT The Ryan Pickett Celebrity Golf Classic is a star-studded weekend affair at the award-winningBarona Creek Golf Club located at the beautiful Barona Resort & Casino in Lakeside, CA
WHEN Friday, June 21 – “White Party” Pairings Dinner
Saturday, June 22 – Celebrity Golf Classic and Awards Bar-be-que
WHERE Barona Resort & Casino1932 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside, CA 92040
(Lakeside is located just 40 minutes from downtown San Diego)
WHO Green Bay Packers Defensive End, Ryan Pickett, has invited his Packer’s teammates and greats along with other celebrity friends including: Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, Clay Matthews, Sterling Sharpe and many more!
WHY The proceeds from the event will benefit children in the foster care system in both Green Bay and San Diego.

For more details, visit theryanpickettfoundation.com

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