With much of the narrative surrounding the NFL in the past week focused on what players do or do not do during the national anthem, we at Acme Packing Company and SB Nation feel that this is an appropriate time to underscore the great things that the players and organization are doing in the community.
The Packers organization itself is an integral part of the Brown County community and is active throughout the state of Wisconsin through the Packers Foundation. Details on the foundation can be found on the team’s website. In a nutshell, non-profit organizations around the state who fall into the team’s rotating focus areas can request funding to help further their goals in the community. In 2016 alone, the foundation donated over $800,000 to various charitable organizations.
Although the team itself is active in the community, there are plenty of individual players who have special causes and efforts that they support. Here is a look at a few of them in detail, as well as a list of a few other players and their chosen charities.
Rodgers’ work with Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (the MACC Fund) is well-documented. He cites an experience in junior college, when he met a boy who had leukemia, as an eye-opening opportunity for him to realize where he wanted to focus his charitable work.
In addition to his own charitable efforts, Rodgers helped create itsAaron.com, a site designed to bring other charitable organizations around the state of Wisconsin attention and awareness.
Rodgers also participates in other individuals’ charitable events, including (among others) the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Golf tournament.
Nelson is the big name on the Packers’ annual softball game in June, which benefits Young Life, a Christian organization that pairs up adults and children in need to help mentor these young people. In 2015, the softball game raised over $100,000 for the charity.
Jordy also has created the Nelson Family Community Foundation with his wife Emily. That charity is aimed towards helping families in need in the Nelsons’ home state of Kansas and holds an annual benefit auction.
The new Packers tight end committed to donating all of the money he receives from sales of his jerseys in 2017 to after-school programs through his own organization, the Uncle Smarty Foundation. Bennett made a surprise donation to a Boston-area school for books last year and made an appearance at the school as well. He also has a DonorsChoose.org page on which he will match donors’ pledges to schools in need of assistance in and around his hometown of Houston.
In addition, Martellus is a consistent supporter of his brother Michael’s charity, the Bennett Foundation, which is aimed towards addressing childhood obesity.
Other players’ chosen organizations
The following players are actively involved in the listed charities: