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    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.

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  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.

     
  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 5:30 PM CDT Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health

    ‘Family Night’ will serve as the introduction of the 2014 Green Bay Packers, in-person to a capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a state-wide audience.

    The event, which begins with in-stadium activities at 5:30 p.m., will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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Mike Spofford

Mike Spofford has worked as a sportswriter in Wisconsin since 1995 and has been a packers.com staff writer since 2006. He has covered the Packers' last two Super Bowl appearances, XXXII and XLV.

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Heavens to Murgatroyd, Driver's dancing

Posted Mar 6, 2012

Five hours a day, seven days straight, practicing the Cha Cha.

That’s how Donald Driver had been preparing for his “Dancing with the Stars” debut until he finally got a day off on Tuesday. The rehearsals with dance partner Peta Murgatroyd will resume Wednesday in anticipation of the March 19 premiere of the 14th season of the hit ABC TV show.

The schedule is intense, becoming even more jam-packed for Driver when he gets in a football workout after the dancing for the day is done. But no matter how busy it gets, the Packers’ all-time leading receiver is still smiling, sounding like he’s having a blast.

“Peta is getting all five hours out of me,” Driver said in a phone interview with packers.com on Tuesday from Los Angeles. “She’s all about being perfect, and that’s not a bad thing. With me, she knows I can continue to go and go. I don’t get tired.”

Driver and Murgatroyd actually had their first rehearsal before arriving in L.A. last week. Murgatroyd came to Driver’s home in Dallas to meet him and introduce him to their first routine.

He sensed a determination in his partner right away, and he likes that. Murgatroyd, back for her second season on the show, was the first to get voted off last year, and she’s keenly focused on not letting that happen again.

“She’s been strict with me,” Driver said. “For me, it’s that posture part. Peta says, ‘Don’t look like a robot. Football players always look like robots.’”

Driver thinks he’s picking things up pretty well, and he probably knows more than he’s letting on. He’s been watching the show since its first season, when Driver, a boxing fan, tuned in to see former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield perform.

Since then Driver’s entire family has enjoyed the show, which Driver may have joined last year following the Packers’ Super Bowl triumph had he not gotten injured. That’s when he was first asked about it, but his ankle injury required surgery and he had to decline.

He’s thrilled to take ABC up on the invitation now, especially after seeing Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward last year become the second NFL player, along with all-time rushing leader Emmitt Smith, to win the competition.

“Hines did well. He took what his partner gave him and he worked with it,” Driver said. “That’s what you have to have, a good partner, and Kym (Johnson) was great with him. Kym gave him everything he needed to win it, and I think that’s what Peta is giving me.”

Driver is putting in a little extra effort on his own, too. During his football workouts, he’s holding his arms up in the proper dancing positions with weights in his hands, which will help him keep his arms up the full 90 seconds of the routine once he hits the stage.

It’s admittedly not as tough as taking a big hit from a safety while catching a pass across the middle, which Driver has done countless times. There’s a different approach to this.

“In ballroom dancing, you can’t look as tough as you want to. You have to relax and dance,” he said. “People see me on the football field and they know that I’m tough when I play, but I’m always smiling and most tough guys don’t smile at all.

“I’m always smiling and telling the fans it’s OK to have fun. That’s what I’m doing now. I’m having fun.”

If there’s one piece of advice he keeps hearing, it’s posture, posture, posture. Fellow receiver Chad Ochocinco, a past participant on the show, also gave him another tip.

“He said, ‘Don’t talk back to the judges,’” Driver said. “That’s a good thing, because I don’t talk back anyway.”

He hopes to be voted back, of course, time and time again this season. His wife and kids are joining him in L.A. on Thursday.

“Hopefully we’re here until we win it all.”

Fans can follow Driver’s “Dancing with the Stars” journey on his Facebook and Twitter pages.

For a photo gallery, click here.

 
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