Monday, August 20, 2012

Packer Training Camp

Are you ready for some football?  Well, I am, and so are most of the people here in Wisconsin!  We just love our Green Bay Packers.  A friend and I went to a training camp practice on Sunday (I live just 30 minutes from Green Bay), but it started to rain buckets just as we sat down in the stands.  We had seen about 10 minutes of drills and then ran to the car to dry off.  We went to some nearby shops and then returned an hour later so we could see the players come back to Lambeau Field with kids on their bikes.
The Packer players have a tradition of using a kid's bike to get from Lambeau to the practice field, which is a distance of about a half a mile.  Dozens of kids line up hoping that a player will pick them and their bikes for the trek to the field.  It is adorable to watch because players might come by riding a tiny pink bike with a little girl holding their helmet.  The players often chat with the kids as they travel. 

The amazing Clay Matthews!
After practice the players have more time to stop and sign autographs.  My friend had a Sharpie in her purse and I had picked up a small megaphone at a promotional tent so we decided to see what we could get.  We got one from Dom Capers (defense coach), Graham Harrell (back-up quarterback), Derrick Sharrod (first round draft choice last year), and this hottie that we didn't know but said his mom was a teacher.
 At the practice they give out fans with the players' heads on them.  Last year I got quite a collection, and decided to use them in my clasroom to help with our behavior program.  They were a hit!

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