Fans reminded to vote for Aaron Jones in Walter Payton Man of the Year Charity Challenge

Winner of challenge to receive $25,000 to the charity of their choice; deadline to vote Jan. 11

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Packers RB Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers fans are reminded to vote for running back Aaron Jones in the Walter Payton Man of the Year Charity Challenge, a component of the NFL award for which Jones is this year's Packers nominee.

Considered one of the league's most prestigious honors, the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on the field. Each of the league's 32 nominees were announced in December.

For the eighth year, each team's nominee is taking part in the Charity Challenge, a social media campaign designed to support and promote team nominees. Fans can vote on Twitter by using #WPMOYChallenge followed by their favorite nominee's last name or Twitter handle.

Each vote today, Jan. 10, counts for double the number of votes.

The player whose unique mention is used the most by Jan. 11 will receive a $25,000 contribution to his charity of choice, while the second and third place finishers will receive $10,000 and $5,000 donations. Hashtag information and official rules can be found at nfl.com/manoftheyear.

Jones has been a constant presence in the community dating back to his time in high school and college, and especially since coming to Green Bay in 2017. In his six years with the Packers, Jones has jumped at every opportunity to take part in community events.

Having grown up with two parents in the U.S. Army and with other loved ones who have served, causes affiliated with the military are particularly important to Jones. During his time in Green Bay, he's been a big part of the Packers' Salute to Service efforts, from sending videos to veterans to speaking to youth at military academies and taking part in events like the team's Huddle for Heroes aimed at honoring veterans. He's visited servicemembers in the hospital and visited military bases, including Fort Bliss in his native El Paso. He also devoted his time this year to serving as the team's Salute to Service spokesperson to help honor those who serve their country.

Jones also has been involved with numerous programs and charities that benefit kids. He has attended a variety of events at the Boys & Girls Club, both in Green Bay and in Milwaukee, and he hosts football camps during the offseason in El Paso and Wisconsin. Jones also has a special connection with kids battling illnesses, including cancer. He frequently visits children in the hospital or those who are facing health issues, whether in person or over video chat, and has highlighted them and their courage through the My Cause My Cleats campaign.

He has taken his community involvement to the next level in recent years by building upon the work of his foundation, the A&A All the Way Foundation, with his twin brother, Alvin. The A&A All the Way Foundation is dedicated to making an impact in the lives of children through charitable giving and action and executes events that inspire, educate and promote unity and diversity across multiple communities. The Foundation helps address children's basic needs, providing opportunities for recreation and fitness, and supporting children in military families. Through the Foundation, Jones has done turkey giveaways for needy families in both El Paso and Green Bay, run football camps for kids and given bikes away to students. His Yards for Shoes campaign donates a pair of shoes to children at Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Wisconsin for every rushing yard he gains up to 1,000 yards. The Foundation also includes the Freedom Is Campaign, which focuses on honoring military families each month by raising funds to provide joy-filled experiences to children who have parents serving in the military, such as a trip to the zoo or a family movie night.

All 32 team winners will be highlighted as nominees and recognized for their important work during the weekend leading up to Super Bowl LVII. The 2022 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year will be announced during NFL Honors, a primetime awards special to air the Thursday before Super Bowl LVII, on NBC. All 32 nominees will receive up to a $40,000 donation in their name to their charity of choice. The winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award will receive a $250,000 donation to the charity of his choice.

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