Crossing east over the Mississippi, the tour made its way back into Wisconsin to visit 500 K-12 students at Southwestern High School in Hazel Green. It was a big Wildcat welcome for the players as they took some time to talk to the students about the right path to take while in school.
Day 3 got started with a surprise stop at Southwestern High School in Hazel Green, Wis. The Packers visited with K-12 students and presented a check for their physical education program. Photos by Evan Siegle, packers.com.
“Teachers can really help you get to the next level,” said Blake Martinez, reminding the youngsters to respect all their elders. “Teachers will show you the proper path. Listen to them and make sure you’re doing all the right things as you prepare for the next stages in your life, especially college.”
When reflecting on what he enjoyed during his playing career, Antonio Freeman rated the camaraderie with his teammates very highly.
“It was a brotherhood in the locker room,” he said. “It was a great feeling going to work everyday.”
On what the players would be doing if they weren’t playing football, or perhaps when their careers are done, Blake Martinez told the students he’ll be using his business and engineering degrees from Stanford to put together a program that focuses on providing affordable and accessible healthy food for lower class citizens.
“We see the challenges with these groups on eating well,” he said. “We need to help them with lowering the obesity rate and provide healthy food options.”
Support of physical education programs continued, as well, with Mark Murphy presenting $2,000 to the school.
The tour continues toward Janesville and the party to benefit the Salvation Army.