The family-themed event, free to the public, will take place in the Lambeau Field Atrium, and feature cookie decorating, holiday movies and cartoons, holiday card making, photo opportunities with Santa Claus and area high school choirs performing holiday music.
Volunteers will also be on hand during the event to collect toys and donations for Toys for Tots. Families attending the Festival of Lights are encouraged to donate new or gently-used toys to help families in need this holiday season.
Later, the event will move out onto Harlan Plaza for the formal lighting of the tree. Mills Fleet Farm is providing the lights for the tree.
The Green Bay Packers Youth Football Outreach Camp is a complimentary, grassroots program, which features educational benefits as well as recreational opportunities for kids in a safe and fun environment. The camp is designed for 2nd through 5th graders only.
Youth Football Outreach Camps are coordinated in conjunction with the NFL Play 60 Program. The NFL PLAY 60 campaign is designed to tackle childhood obesity by getting kids active through in-school, afterschool, and team-based programs.
Click here to learn how your elementary school/youth program can schedule a Youth Football Outreach Camp.
The Green Bay Packers Coach of the Week program supports youth football efforts by giving high school coaches the recognition they deserve. On a weekly basis, for ten weeks throughout the high school football season, the Green Bay Packers will select one high school coach as the Coach of the Week. Each honoree will be awarded several items and privileges, including a $1,000 donation to the school's football program on behalf of the Green Bay Packers and the Wisconsin National Guard, as well as recognition of the award in one of the Packers Game Day programs.
Nominations can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the name of the coach, school/team name, school location and why the coach is being nominated for the Coach of the Week award.
Click here for an entire list of previous award winning coaches.
In 2013, Wisconsin HSPD camps were held at Chippewa Falls High School (June 12-13), Wisconsin Lutheran College (June 13-14), and Green Bay Packers Don Hutson Center (June 15-16). Thirty-six HSPD participants, 12 from each location, who displayed a combination of hard work and sportsmanship, were selected to an HSPD all-star team to compete in the Green Bay Packers 7-on-7 Regional Tournament on Saturday, June 22.
Click here to view photos from previous HSPD camps held in Green Bay.
Click here for registration information and details about the camps.
On Saturday, June 22, 2013, the Green Bay Packers hosted their fifth annual 7-on-7 Regional Tournament. Eight teams were invited to the Don Hutson Center, located across from Lambeau Field, to compete in a passing tournament for a chance to advance to the NFL 7-on-7 National Tournament as representatives of the Green Bay Packers. The national tournament was held July 11-14, 2013, at the Cleveland Brown practice facility. In order to be eligible each player participated in a character development and life skills session that took place prior to the start of the regional tournament.
The Green Bay Packers were selected to participate in the 2013 NFL 7-on-7 National Tournament. The tournament was held in Cleveland, OH, hosted by the Cleveland Browns on July 11-14. All 32 NFL team competed for the NFL's 7-on-7 National Championship. The non-contact tournament is comprised of high school aged student athletes.
Click here to learn more about the NFL 7-on-7 National Tournament.
USA Football is an independent non-profit organization whose purpose is to galvanize, support and promote the sport at all levels of amateur football. The first national advocacy group created for this purpose, USA Football was launched in 2002 and received initial funding from the National Football League and the NFL Players Association, through the NFL Youth Football Fund. The activities of USA Football generally focus on the following: building coalitions, advocating positions and causes, identifying best practices and standards, aggregating resources, and promoting the sport. It is also the designated U.S. representative to the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). Visit usafootball.com.
On Sunday, June 2, 2013, the Packers hosted their sixth annual USA Football Coaching School at the team's practice facility in Green Bay. The Packers are one of two NFL teams who hosted a USA Football coaching event to further strengthen America's favorite sport. The event in Green Bay offered youth coaches innovative classroom and on-the-field football instruction from top local high school and youth coaches. Beyond the Xs and Os, attendees were taught techniques to ensure that their youngsters have fun playing the game they love while developing their character through football's intrinsic values of teamwork, responsibility and discipline.
In conjunction with the NFL and USA football, the Packers celebrate the annual USA Football Month to encourage kids to play America's favorite sport. During Family Night and the second preseason home game, the Packers invite Wisconsin youth football teams to scrimmage on the field during halftime. Before the second preseason home game, the youth teams join the pros on the field for the National Anthem.
Every year, millions of boys and girls from around the country take part in the Punt, Pass & Kick skills competition. The competition, which has been around since the 1960's, is FREE and open to boys and girls ages 8-15. Each year the Green Bay Packers play host to the Team Championship level of competition taking place later this year. Get a chance to participate in a passing exhibition held on Lambeau Field before a regular season home game!
Click here for more information on how to get involved.
Coaches and Parents!
NFL FLAG is the National Football League's premier youth football program for kids 6-14 years old. Available nationwide, including in all 32 NFL markets, NFL FLAG is a community-based turnkey program that provides all youth the opportunity to play in an organized NFL non-contact football league. Get involved and start an NFL FLAG League today!
Calling all kids!
Get involved with the NFL's premier youth football program, NFL FLAG Football! Kids 6-14 are encouraged to sign up and play! Every team will receive official NFL team-identified footballs and every participant will receive their favorite NFL team-identified reversible jersey and official NFL FLAG belts. Registered teams are eligible to compete in the NFL FLAG Regional Tournaments in October. Winning teams from each age bracket from the Regional Tournaments are invited to participate in the National Tournament of Champions at DISNEY'S WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS® Complex in Orlando, FL in November.
Click here for more information on how to sign up!
The Green Bay Packers and the NFL have taken a proactive approach in addressing player health and safety and advancing science to help athletes of all ages in all sports. On June, 10, 2013, the Green Bay Packers hosted their first annual NFL Health and Safety Forum at Lambeau Field. The event featured a variety of respected professionals discussing relevant health and safety issues related to various sports with a primary focus on concussion-related topics at the youth and high school level.
Click here to learn more about the league’s efforts to promote health and safety at all playing levels.
The Green Bay Packers are excited to give schools and neighborhood non-profit organizations in Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Racine and Sheboygan the opportunity to apply for an NFL Grassroots grant.
Through this program, the NFL Youth Football Fund will award $2.5 million in NFL Grassroots field grants during the 2011 fiscal year. The 2011 NFL Grassroots RFP submission deadline is December 16, 2011.
The NFL Youth Football Fund Grassroots Program is a partnership of the National Football League Youth Football Fund (NFL YFF) and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to provide non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations, middle schools and high schools with financing and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields.
Parks and ball fields can serve as tremendous community assets because they offer opportunities for recreation, education, and relaxation that contribute to the local quality of life, especially for young people. Since 1998, the Fields Program has awarded $30 million in grants for 241 projects with total development costs of $125 million in over 70 cities across the United States. Grants are announced and awarded annually in the early fall.
Click here for more information about the Grassroots Program.
Comprehensive, non-contact football instruction that includes visits from former Packers players is available to kids 6-14 throughout Wisconsin this summer at the Green Bay Packers “Youth Football Camps.” This year, the camps have also added first-round competitions for the “NFL Punt, Pass & Kick program.”
Running back Ahman Green, linebacker Bryce Paup, wide receiver Bill Schroeder, linebacker John Anderson and defensive back Johnnie Gray are among the former Packers players that will participate by offering supplemental instruction at the camps, which aim to develop young players’ ability on the field and character off.
Each of the 10 camps lasts five days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and they will be held from mid-June until late-July. The daily practices will develop athletic skills, including individual passing, receiving and non-contact blocking and tackling drills.