Kenosha party serves kids

Posted by Aaron Popkey on May 18, 2012 – 9:13 am

William Henderson talks to kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha

The wonderful Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha served as host for the week’s third tailgate party. The facility, which is just under a year old, entertained more than 800 people.

Prior to the start of the program, the players had the opportunity to participate in football drills with young members of the club on the indoor athletic field. The players played catch with Jordy Nelson and Charlie Peprah, and learned the finer points of offensive line play from Packers Hall of Fame center Larry McCarren.

William Henderson, after leading a group of kids through pushups, spoke to entire gathering about developing healthy habits like the NFL’s Play 60 program.

The evening’s Q-and-A featured a question to Mark Murphy about playing in the famous Packers-Redskins Monday Night scoring barrage. McCarren, who was on the opposite side of the field from Murphy’s Redskins, happily took the microphone.

“Well, since you brought it up,” McCarren began as he shared some memories of the 48-47 Packers victory.

“It was not a good night to be a defensive back,” Murphy added.

Overall, fans enjoyed the give and take from the stage and appreciated the Packers’ visit to this city just north of the Illinois border.

“There are a lot of Bears fans here in Kenosha, so having the Packers here certainly helps us keep things proper,” said Ron Stevens, the club’s associate director of marketing and resource development.

Helping the cause were Jean and Bob Costello, who made a two-hour drive from Crown Point, Ind., for the party. The couple takes in multiple games each year, joined Henderson on a Packers cruise this year, and will attend their first shareholder meeting in July.

“The chance to see the guys is why we came,” Jean said. “It’s fun to see them away from the game. They’re really fun.”

After the party, the bus ride back to the hotel featured some razzing among the players.

All the players gave Henderson a hard time about his multiple hugs to fans coming through the line, including the Costellos.

“Do you know everyone?” asked Marco Rivera.

Rivera gave McCarren a few shots about some women who had come through the autograph line. They are avid listeners to Packers radio broadcasts and told McCarren how much they loved his voice.

“OK, OK, Marco,” McCarren said as the others joined in the laughter.

The laughs continued at McCarren’s expense as the crew got off the bus at the hotel. The reason: He had forgotten to take his jersey off. “Everyone knows who you are Larry, you can take your jersey off,” quipped Murphy.

Click here to view photos from the Kenosha tailgate party.

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