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Donald Driver to receive humanitarian award

Posted by Mike Spofford on March 7, 2013 – 10:09 am

The recently retired Donald Driver will receive the 2013 AMVETS National Ladies Humanitarian Award next month. AMVETS is a congressionally chartered veterans service organization.

Below is the press release announcing Driver’s award:

Green Bay Packers’ all-time leading wide receiver, Super Bowl Champion and “Dancing With the Stars” winner Donald Driver will be the 2013 recipient of the AMVETS National Ladies Humanitarian Award. AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President Leslie Wunderle announced Driver will be presented with the award at the AMVETS Silver Helmet Awards Banquet on Friday, April 5, at the Hilton Mark Center, Alexandria, Va.

Driver is being recognized for his work with the Donald Driver Foundation through which he has helped homeless families get on their feet and underprivileged children succeed in the classroom. In addition to the work he does with his own foundation, Driver currently sponsors several hundred children through Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that helps ensure impoverished elementary school children are fed on the weekends by sending them home with a backpack full of food every Friday throughout the school year.

Joining a distinguished list of past award winners including First Lady Barbara Bush, Dolly Parton and Bart Starr, Driver said he is humbled by the nomination. “The Ladies Auxiliary does so much for our Veterans,” Driver said. “This award is truly special to me, but these ladies, along with all of our veterans, are the real heroes.”

Recently retired from the Green Bay Packers, Mr. Driver will continue fundraising events for the Foundation in Wisconsin including his annual golf tournament, celebrity softball game and “Evening of Elegance.”

Driver was nominated for the award by Cathy Tratz of Oshkosh, Wis., and was selected as the recipient at the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary annual National Convention in Daytona Beach, Fla., August 2012.


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9 Responses to “Donald Driver to receive humanitarian award”

  1. By Irv Smith on Mar 7, 2013 | Reply

    Donald we are very proud of you to see you add another award to you collection. You are truely the greatest on earth,I just wish more NFL players were as gracious as you are May God Bless you. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

  2. By neasekah nuahn on Mar 8, 2013 | Reply

    Regardless of what this guy is going through he always does it with a smile on his face. It was truely great to see him and charles woodson win a superbowl to go with the great works they do in the community. As a packer fan i admire this guy and how he carries himself on and off the football field. MAY GOD BLESS YOU DONALD

  3. By Mary Lisser on Mar 8, 2013 | Reply

    Congratulations,to Donald for another deserving award. This player has been more than just a great football player and an active man in community giving, he is also a GREAT role model for all, men. He has been through alot diversity, and always comes through the difficulty with a smile on his face. Donald has never forgotten where he came from and helps children to have a better chance at life. Thank you Donald, for all the great things you do for others, less fortunate, than yourself. Thank you for all the great years of exciting football.

  4. By PackerBilly on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    God Bless you, Donald. You truly are a positive role model who deserves all the accolades you get. Thank you again for staying in Green Bay since you got here. We love ya, man ! (Vietnam vet).

  5. By Lifetime Packer Backer on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    It seems that being a Green Bay Packer helps make the man. I have followed the Packers for over 50 yrs and the Packers always are the most charitable and most giving of all sports teams. I think the idea of being a Packer helps make the person a better human being that doesn’t just think about themselves and their family. They think and feel about humanity, especially those less fortunate. I truly believe being a GBP is something special and being a Packer fan is also something special that just can’t be described. The Packer fans won the Campbell soup charity every year it took place and they have the smallest market of any sports team but they have the most widespread fan base. There is a reason for that and at it’s core is the relationship between the Packer fans and their team and what the Green Bay Packers stand for. Donald Driver is just the latest in a long line of Packers who give everything for the team, their family, the fans and humanity. Not for publicity but because it is the right thing to do!

  6. By judy on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you Donald

  7. By Charles Muskovin on Mar 16, 2013 | Reply

    The smile that covered the WORLD!! God Bless.

  8. By Scott on Mar 17, 2013 | Reply

    You mean this award didn’t go to Greg Jennings? We will miss you Craig!

  9. By Scott on Mar 17, 2013 | Reply

    You mean Greg Jennings didn’t get this award?

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