Young fans of the Green Bay Packers have one final opportunity to meet players up close and get their autographs in the "Future Lambeau Leapers" area.
Monday, after the 2 p.m. practice, will be the last of 12 autograph sessions in the new area, a successful replacement for the formal autograph tables used in previous years.
"We think it has worked well, providing an opportunity for kids to see the players up close," said General Manager Ted Thompson, who came up with the idea. "Our hope was to allow more kids to experience that interaction than had been able to in the past, and judging by the strong turnout day after day, I think we accomplished that."
Thompson added that pending a review of training camp policies and procedures, the area may be continued in future seasons and could become a new training camp tradition of its own.
The "Future Lambeau Leapers" area is located on the south side of the Oneida Nation Gate at Lambeau Field, and eight to 10 players appear in the area for approximately 20 or 30 minutes following various practices. It is limited to children ages 12 and under, and no tokens or tickets are needed.