#NFLGoodGuys: The Packers give back through 12th Tailgate Tour

By Marcela Vargas @ethne88

From April 4-8, the Green Bay Packers gave back to the Wisconsin and Northern Michigan communities with their yearly Tailgate Tour.

Saturday April 8th saw the end of the Green Bay Packers’ 12th annual Tailgate Tour. From April 4th through 8th, a group of Packers (both current and former) players embarked on this on-the-road charity event that raised funds for six different non-profit organizations. The players involved visited towns in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan to connect with their fans in person and give back to the community. The lucky cities to receive the Tailgate Tour were Medford, Ashland, Houghton, Rhinelander, and Iron Mountain.

This year, the Packers Tailgate Tour included current players Brett Hundley, Aaron Ripkowski and Jake Ryan; former players Robert Ferguson, Ahman Green and Ryan Longwell; as well as Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy.

With surprise stops that allow the Packers to reach out to a wider part of their fans in hospitals, schools, and community centers, the tour gives everyone a chance to enjoy a good time with their idols while helping out local charities. Over 2.3 million dollars have been raised for local nonprofits in the 12 years duration of the Tailgate Tour.

The Tailgate parties help fans connect with the Packers through Q&A sessions and autograph signing. However, according to the players themselves, this is a unique chance for them to both get to know their fanbase better and thank them for the constant support.

The organizations that benefitted from the Green Bay Packers 12th Tailgate Tour are:

  • Black River Industries (Medford)

A physical therapy clinic focused on giving patients with disabilities the best chance at independence.


  • BayNet (Ashland)

Short for Bay Area Youth Network, BayNet counsels high school students in Northern Wisconsin to make good life choices through mentoring, networking and event hosting. Religion-oriented.


  • Dial Help (Houghton)

Dial Help is a community support and outreach center that helps people in Houghton through different community crisis such as sexual violence, substance abuse and suicide risk.


  • NATH Frederick Place (Rhinelander)

The Northwood Alliance for Temporary Housing is committed to ending and preventing homelessness. This corporation provides safe housing and helps out with basic needs to people and families who are homeless.


  • Northwood’s Airlifeline (Iron Mountain)

This non-profit organization provides air transportation for scheduled and emergency medical purposes to those living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin.


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