For nearly 900 kids, Saturday marked the beginning of their NFL careers as several members of the Packers' kids fan club, Junior Power Pack, attended the annual Junior Power Pack Experience. The football clinic, held on one of the team's practice fields, Ray Nitschke Field, is the eighth such event in as many years for the Packers organization and has quickly become the kids club's most anticipated event.
Six Packers players -- Colin Cole, Najeh Davenport, Grady Jackson, Chris Johnson, Vonta Leach and James Lee -- along with members of Green Bay's Southwest High School football team provided hands-on instruction as the kids were put through a number of drills and taught the proper techniques of football. Members of Southwest's girl's basketball team provided kids with tape for their wrists and 'eye black' strips.
The kids spent the afternoon running routes, hitting the tackling dummy, running various agility drills and lining up in the 3-point stance.
In addition to the drills, kids also had the chance to show off their skills on one of the two inflatable Packers obstacle courses.
Sponsored by Peter Piper's Pickles, the children were awarded free water bottles, certificates of participation and coupons for free pickles following the clinic.
Prior to the clinic, kids waiting to be registered participated in the Peter Piper's 'Pucker Photo Contest' and were awarded a variety of Packers merchandise including hats, t-shirts, a grill set and gift certificates to the Packers Pro Shop.
Originating in 1998, several current Packers players have participated in the clinic through the years including Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Donald Driver and Grey Ruegamer.