The Green Bay Packers on Monday welcomed three high school football teams to Lambeau Field for stadium tours, lunch and a special surprise visit from Packers running back AJ Dillon, who presented each team with $6,000 worth of brand-new Xenith helmets for their football program.
Student athletes and coaches from Bay View High School in Milwaukee, Marshall High School in Marshall, Wis., and Roncalli High School in Manitowoc, Wis., were the lucky attendees who got to be the first to see their new helmets in person, unveiled by Dillon.
The helmets were awarded as part of the Packers Helmet Give Back Program, which invited coaches and athletic directors from around the state to apply to receive new helmets last fall. The gift is part of a donation match by Xenith as part of their Community Give Back Program and their Buy a Helmet Give a Helmet Program.
The donations also are made possible through the support of American Family Insurance and their efforts to provide high school athletes with the equipment and support they need to pursue their dreams. The helmet donation program is part of the Packers' football outreach efforts, which promote and serve youth and high school football programs around Wisconsin.
The Green Bay Packers honored the recipients of the Packers Helmet Give Back program by inviting three high school football teams to the Johnsonville Tailgate Village to receive new helmets & meet with RB AJ Dillon.
Seven additional schools also were awarded $6,000 worth of brand-new Xenith helmets for their football team. The helmet packages will be awarded this summer and each package will be custom-made to fit each schools' colors to supplement or replace their existing equipment inventory. The schools includeBerlin High School, Brodhead High School, Glenwood City High School, Kenosha St. Joseph Catholic Academy, La Crosse Central High School, Milwaukee Academy of Science and Racine Park High School.
"We're proud to partner with American Family Insurance and Xenith to help provide brand new helmets to these schools and to help give high school teams the support and resources they need," said Ryan Fencl, Packers football outreach manager. "Ensuring that schools have all the equipment they need so their students can take the field safely is critical, and we know these helmets will aid in the continued, successful development of these schools' football programs."
This year, more than 90 coaches and athletic directors statewide submitted applications for the donated helmets, with many of the schools demonstrating great need for donated equipment to serve the number of students in their athletic programs and to conduct their football programs safely. As football helmets are essential to participating in football, many youth and high school football programs must devote their small budgets to purchasing helmets or focus their fundraising efforts on raising enough for helmets, instead of other necessary equipment or training tools.
Packers Give Back is the team's all-encompassing community outreach initiative that includes the Green Bay Packers Foundation, appearances made by players, alumni, coaches and staff, football outreach, cash and in-kind donations, Make-A-Wish visits, and community events. The annual overall charitable impact of Packers Give Back exceeds $9 million.