Aaron Rodgers is that guy that everyone outside of Packer nation loves to hate. Whether its based of comments from bitter ex-players or comments from his family, people love to hate him. It’s also unfathomable how much negativity is talked about Rodgers off the field from the main stream media. The amount of off the field work this man does if often gone unnoticed by media outside of Green Bay.
Events Aaron Rodgers Has Led Or Participated In:
- Activist for Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC).
- Co-Host of a charity golf tournament with Young Life from 2006-2008 which raised money for the University of Wisconsin Paul P. Carborne Comprehensive Cancer Center.
- Partnered with Pro Player Foundation (Salvation Army) to host Twelve Days of Christmas which gives children a shopping spree experience for the holiday (2010).
- 540 ESPN golf outing for the MACC fund (2011).
- 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year Finalist.
- $50,000 on Celebrity Jeopardy to fight Childhood Cancer (2015).
- Received honorary doctorate of humanities from Medical college of Wisconsin for his work helping with children cancer (2018).
- Donated 1 Million Dollars to The California Wildlife victims (2018).
- Gave over $34,000 to the Green Bay Salvation Army (2018).
- Donated 375 VICIS ZERO1 Model Helmets to Chico, Paradise, and Pleasant Valley High schools (2019).
- Gave more than 1 Million to the University of California Football team (2019).
- All in challenge online fundraiser to feed those in need totaling $42,000 (2020).
- Donating and sharing to the Go-Fund Me account for Kettle of Fish Bar struggling during the Corona Virus Pandemic (2020).
- Matched a $500,000 donation for Barstool’s #Barstoolfund that supports local businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. (2021)
Aaron Rodgers also gave $50,000 in grants NorCal Fire Recovery Fund to help respond to the Coronavirus (2020). Organizations these grants helped:
- Youth for Change Sixth Street Center in Chico, which provides shelter and other services to foster children who are homeless.
- Youth for Change Family Place in Oroville, which supports families with young children.
- Valley Oak Children’s Services, whose Parent Café’ Program offers drive-up or delivery services to families in Gridley, Chico and Oroville and is looking to expand to Paradise.
- Lilliput, which focuses on reunification of families in the child welfare system and will use the money for grocery cards and other needs for families in their program.
- YMCA of Oroville, which has been providing an emergency day camp, food and child care.
- Yellow Door, which serves children on the autism spectrum and their families. The grant will augment the Yellow Door Cares fund for emergency response.
Other Organizations He’s Involved With:
- Best Buddies International.
- Boys and Girls Club of America.
- Brees Dream Foundation.
- Compound Foundation.
- Entertainment Industry Foundation.
- Feeding America.
- James R. Jordan Foundation.
- Jimmy Fund.
- Keep Memory Alive.
- Make-A-Wish Foundation.
- Nevada Cancer Institute.
- Opportunity Village.
- Peyback Foundation.
- Red Cross.
- Shriners Hospitals for Children.
- Yearly Green Bay Softball charity event.
When Asked Why It Isn’t Public Knowledge About Why He Does What He Does:
“I’m involved in more anonymous capacities with a number of organizations. I’ve always wanted my involvement to not overshadow the cause so I try and look for opportunities to make an impact without needing to draw attention to yourself. If I’m spending time with organizations or people, it’s not documented; I’m not putting it on Instagram or Twitter. It’s doing it because you want to make an impact, not because you want to get recognition for it.”
Aaron Rodgers is much more than just a quarterback. Aaron Rodgers cares about people and he does the work to prove it. For him, its not about the recognition. He does not care what the media says, because he doesn’t show off his work. Aaron Rodgers is a hero off the field, and its time he gets the credit for it.
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