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  • Thu., May. 28, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM CDT Organized Team Activities (OTAs) Three of the Packers’ upcoming OTA practices will be open to the public at Clarke Hinkle Field.

    The three open practices, weather permitting, will take place on May 28, June 2 and June 10. All practices are scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.

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    The Green Bay Packers are set to host the team’s second annual “Green Bay Packers Coaching School” at Lambeau Field on Sunday, May 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    The complimentary coaching school has a curriculum exclusively designed for youth football coaches, and can accommodate a maximum of 300 coaches. The event will feature innovative classroom sessions in the Lambeau Field Atrium, as well as on-field football instruction from top local high school and youth football coaches in the Don Hutson Center.

  • Tue., Jun. 02, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM CDT Organized Team Activities (OTAs) Three of the Packers’ upcoming OTA practices will be open to the public at Clarke Hinkle Field.

    The three open practices, weather permitting, will take place on May 28, June 2 and June 10. All practices are scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.

  • Tue., Jun. 02, 2015 1:35 PM - 2:05 PM CDT Live Mike McCarthy press conf.

    Head Coach Mike McCarthy available in Media Auditorium

Packers fan a VIP at NFL Draft after winning Barclays contest

Posted by packers.com on April 25, 2013 – 8:41 pm

New York – There are 23 top college prospects at Radio City Music Hall as VIPs for tonight’s NFL Draft. Longtime Packers fan Melissa Colgan is alongside them getting the same treatment as the grand prize winner of the Barclays 2013 NFL Draft Jersey Press Experience.

Melissa Colgan representing the Green Bay Packers at the NFL Draft

Melissa Colgan representing the Green Bay Packers at the NFL Draft courtesy of Packers Extra Points credit card.

Colgan grew up in LaCrosse, Wis., and is now a resident of New York City. As a holder of the Packers Extra Points credit card, she won a national contest that gives she and a guest this exclusive access tonight. They are rubbing shoulders with NFL executives and the top draft picks. She’s also soaking in every moment.

“It’s fascinating to be behind the scenes, get an inside look and see how many people play a role in this,” Colgan said. “So many people have something to do with putting this event on, and it’s interesting to get an insider’s perspective.”

She’s being walked through Radio City Music Hall by Paul Zoppi, segment manager of the NFL Extra Points Program for Barclays.

“She’s seeing how it all happens,” said Zoppi, segment manager of the NFL Extra Points Program for Barclays. “She’s had the VIP tour and she’s seeing the names for each player pressed on the back of each jersey. Only a handful of people ever get to see this, so it’s very exclusive. The NFL is very protective of who is back there, but she is seeing how the whole process works.”

Colgan found out last week she won the contest, leaving her relatives back home in Wisconsin “incredibly jealous.” She has a sister who goes to Packers games several times each season, but while Colgan has visited Green Bay several times for training camp, she plans to come to her first game at Lambeau Field this season.

Colgan moved to New York to work as a style editor for a large publication. She’s used to attending big fashion events. The draft exceeds them all, and the VIP experience has obviously cranked it up a notch.

“I live in New York and I’m around crazy things all the time,” she said. “This has been wild, just to see the enthusiasm and the excitement. It’s crazy. The fans here are as excited about next season as I am.”

While the atmosphere has her primed for the upcoming season, perhaps the most fun tonight so far has been receiving the exclusive gifts.

“They actually sewed my name on the back of a jersey,” Colgan said. “It’s really great. They gave me my own hat. I’ve watched this on TV so many times, and now I’m really part of it.”


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