2008 Hometown Huddle Project To Feature New Playground Equipment At Beaumont School Park

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Work Gets Underway Thursday, Oct. 2; Hometown Huddle Event To Take Place Oct. 7

This year's NFL/United Way Hometown Huddle project features the Green Bay Packers teaming with the City of Green Bay to provide a new playground for the city's Beaumont Elementary School Park. The majority of the work on the new system will take place Thursday, Oct. 2. Finishing work by Packers players and the ribbon-cutting, Hometown Huddle event will take place Tuesday, Oct. 7.

The new equipment, an Evos play-system from Landscape Structures, was purchased through Gerber Leisure Products, a Mount Horeb, Wis., company that designs and constructs playgrounds.

"We're delighted to partner with the City of Green Bay for this year's Hometown Huddle and provide a new playground for Beaumont Elementary School Park," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "The project contributes to the community with a new playground and provides kids a great setting for endless days of outside activities."

The project also supports the NFL's Play 60 program, a youth health and fitness campaign focused on making the next generation of kids the most active and healthy by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day.

Volunteers from the Brown County United Way also will be helping with the project. Other organizations donating to the effort include Levy Restaurants at Lambeau Field (food and beverages for volunteers), Colortech (permanent signage) and FASTSIGNS (event day banner).

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*The NFL/United Way Hometown Huddle is an NFL-wide day of service that provides NFL players the opportunity to participate in a variety of community-service activities, including building homes for low-income families, working with the elderly, building playgrounds, serving food to the homeless, visiting local military bases and funding after-school programs for underserved children. Started in 1999 by the NFL and United Way, Hometown Huddle continues to help make a difference in local NFL communities.

In 1973, the NFL and United Way of America forged a partnership that has become the sports industry's most visible and longest-running public service program, using players and other NFL personalities to promote community service through public service television ads. Throughout the years, United Way fundraising has soared from $800 million to $3.91 billion and the NFL-United Way partnership has evolved from a fundraising organization to a community services provider, on programs and services that far surpass the well-known television spots. Teams and their players support the local United Way chapters in their communities year-round through personal appearances, joint programs, and campaign contributions.*

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