The Green Bay Packers and Head Coach Mike McCarthy have partnered to make a $100,000 donation to the Greenfield Neighborhood, it was announced today.
McCarthy, entering his third season as the Packers' head coach, grew up in the Pittsburgh neighborhood. Three neighborhood organizations will receive the benefit of the donation: St. Rosalia Academy, the Greenfield Baseball Association and the Greenfield Organization.
"I'm very excited to make this donation to this area that was very influential in my upbringing," said McCarthy. "The great people at each of these organizations, along with my family, played a crucial role and made such a positive impact in my life that has continued to influence me and my career. It is an honor to be able to give back in such a meaningful way."
St. Rosalia Academy is a preschool-through-8th grade school from which McCarthy graduated as a youth. In addition, his four siblings all graduated from the school and three of his nieces now attend the institution. The donation will go to the school's tuition assistance fund.
The Greenfield Baseball Association will receive funds to help in the operations of its many programs and leagues.
The Greenfield Organization was founded in 1968 by a small group of concerned citizens who organized to improve recreational facilities in the community. The mission of the organization is to aid in maintaining and enhancing the spirit, viability and economic and social stability of the Greenfield community. Over its many years of service, the organization has successfully worked on the construction of the Magee Recreation Center, the Greenfield Senior Center and the rehabilitation of the Swineburne Bridge, as well as many other of Greenfield's recreational facilities.
McCarthy was named the Motorola NFL Coach of the Year in 2007 as his Packers team, the youngest in the NFL, went 13-3 and captured the NFC North Division championship and advanced to host the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. In the process, he became the first Packers coach since Vince Lombardi to lead his team to a championship game in his second season.
This is the third such donation this year for the Packers and McCarthy. Earlier this month $100,000 donations were made to Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., to endow an athletic scholarship in McCarthy's name at his alma mater, and to the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay to endow new teen program.