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  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • 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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Offseason conditioning begins on Monday

Posted Apr 12, 2012

With no time to waste, voluntary offseason workouts officially begin for the Packers on Monday.

The new collective bargaining agreement between the owners and players moved the start of team-sanctioned offseason workouts from mid-March to mid-April, giving coaching staffs a month’s less time to work with players prior to training camp.

“Now you really have to be efficient in your training cycles and you have to hit the ground running more than you have in the past,” Packers Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Mark Lovat said. “That’s been the case, really, for the last few years. The CBA didn’t really change that much. Football is a year-round sport now so you have to be in shape year-round.”

The Packers will begin on Monday with two weeks of strictly strength and conditioning, as players will work with Lovat and his two assistants, Thadeus Jackson and Zac Woodfin. That will be followed by three weeks of strength and conditioning coupled with individual position work with assistant coaches.

After those five weeks, with draft picks and other rookies joining the veterans for the fifth week in mid-May, the team moves into its OTA schedule.

That’s not a lot of time, though any time is more than last year when the entire offseason was wiped out by the lockout during CBA negotiations. Last year’s rookie class got no offseason program at all, and the team’s 2010 rookies didn’t begin until after the draft that year, so they haven’t gone through a full offseason program, either.

That makes this a crucial three-month period for a draft-and-develop team such as the Packers, and maximizing on the condensed schedule will be the key, according to Lovat.

“We’re not going to waste their time or ours,” he said. “We’re going to choose protocols that get the most bang for your buck. Your face time with players is always a commodity. We’re constantly thinking about being efficient with our choices and what we’re asking them to do. This CBA forces that even more.”

As usual, the players’ workouts will be conducted both in the team weight room in the lower level of Lambeau Field, and in the Don Hutson Center across the street.

Lovat said he doesn’t anticipate any issues with players taking advantage of the extra month of “down time” and not getting themselves ready to go. That wasn’t a problem after the long lockout last year, either.

“Our whole message to our guys is to be pros,” he said. “Our guys understand that working out is part of their job, and they do it and take care of business.”

Lovat certainly knows his business. Earlier this offseason, he was voted by his peers in the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society as the NFL Strength Coach of the Year. A member of the Packers’ strength and conditioning staff for 13 years, Lovat follows Kent Johnston (1997) and Rock Gullickson (2007) as Packers strength coaches who have won the award.

“That’s really a product of the people I work with,” Lovat said. “That’s a direct pat on the back to Zac, to Thad and to the people that I’ve worked with in the past – Kent Johnston, Barry Rubin, Rock Gullickson and Dave Redding. It’s really nice for all of us to get something like that for the Packers program.”

Green Bay’s program under Lovat focuses on more than just the physical workouts. It also incorporates the players’ mental approach, recovery techniques and nutrition.

It’s all designed with the six-month grind of training camp, the regular season and, hopefully, the postseason, in mind.

“Our key objective never changes – it’s just to help these guys be better football players,” Lovat said. “That’s what we’re here to do.”

 
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