GREEN BAY, Wi (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Jordy Nelson will be the next host of an annual charity softball game that has raised millions-of-dollars over the past two decades. Nelson has become the Packers' flashiest wide receiver this season -- and it was announced yesterday that he'll help sponsor the annual softball game featuring the Green Bay offense against the defense.
It will be played next June 8th at Fox Cities Stadium near Appleton.
Donald Driver hosted the charity game for six years before he retired last December. Brett Favre headlined it for eight years before that. Ex-Packers' defensive back George Teague and singer Michael Bolton started the charity game in 1994.
The main charity for next year's event is Young Life, a Christian-based program that mentors middle-and-high school youngsters. A sell-out crowd normally attends the game. Over nine-thousand showed up last year to watch the Packer defense beat the offense 24-to-20. Driver had talked about staying on as the host -- but he ended up agreeing with the game's organizers that a current Packer should be in that role.