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  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.


    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014


    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

     
  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.


    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/

     

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Cliff Christl joining Packers, packers.com as historian

Posted Feb 4, 2014

Longtime Wisconsin sports writer wants to attract Ken Burns documentary


GREEN BAY—Cliff Christl, one of the most esteemed journalists to have covered the Packers in the team’s history, is joining the Packers and packers.com to become the franchise’s official historian.

“I think they’ve hired me to tell the greatest story in sports, and that’ll be my privilege,” Christl said.

Christl worked as a sportswriter for four Wisconsin newspapers during a career that spanned 36 years, and spent much of that time writing about the Packers. A native of Green Bay, Christl began covering the team on a regular basis in 1974.

Greatest story in sports?

“What beats it? The only other candidate is the Jackie Robinson story and the integration of professional sports,” Christl said.

“I grew up with it. I went to a couple of ballgames at Old City Stadium. I went to just about every game during the Lombardi years and haven’t missed many since. When I was working at the (Milwaukee) Journal Sentinel, I researched a couple of stories on Packers history and got enamored with it. I spent time poring through microfilm and that led to a couple of stories for the Journal Sentinel and then the Trail and now this.”

Christl is the creator of the Packers Heritage Trail, which includes 22 commemorative plaques and a spectacular downtown Green Bay plaza that tell about the rich history of the Packers over their first 50 years. Packers history has become Christl’s passion and in his new role he will work “to preserve an accurate history of the Green Bay Packers, and I truly believe that has never been done,” he said.

“So much of that early history is muddled, for a number of reasons. It’ll benefit the organization to have that on record. A lot of holes need to be filled in,” Christl added.

“It’s primarily the start of the franchise. I don’t think anyone knows for sure how it took place. I’m aware of some things that took place and I’m hopeful to fill in a few more holes and tell that story on the website. You don’t want to re-write history, and I don’t think that’ll be necessary, but somehow there’s a way to separate urban legend.”

With packers.com, Christl will develop a presence by contributing with blogs and providing other offerings to the site’s expanded coverage of Packers history.

“It’s been my hobby. There are simply great stories,” he said, using the story of Rigs Dwyer as an example. “He played on the first team in 1919 and was working for the railroad. One night he fell under a train car, lost an arm and a leg and the Packers and the community organized a benefit game.

“If I have one dream out of all of this, it’s that Ken Burns realizes the substance and does a documentary on this franchise,” Christl said.

Christl has served on the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee since 2002, and is also a member of the Packers Hall of Fame selection committee. In addition, he has authored or co-authored three books about the Packers: A Championship Team: The Packers and St. Norbert College in the Lombardi Years; Mudbaths & Bloodbaths: The Inside Story of the Bears-Packers Rivalry; and The Twenty-Five Greatest Moments in Lambeau Field History.

A career that began at the Manitowoc Herald-Times, Christl spent close to 16 years at the Green Bay Press-Gazette and 20 at The Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He won numerous awards for his work, including being named sportswriter of the year in Wisconsin seven times. Twice, in 1999 and 2001, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association honored him in Salisbury, N.C., for writing the best national sports story. Three times in the 1990s, he placed in the enterprise reporting category in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest. He also won two Milwaukee Press Club awards for best state sports story and a Wisconsin Newspaper Association award for best state sports column.

Christl was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a “friend of basketball” in 2006 and was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in a special citation category in 2007. In 2009, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh honored him with its Distinguished Alumni Award.

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