GREEN BAY — Mike McCarthy has lent his name to the annual “65 Roses” golf outing longer than any of his predecessors, but it’s what the event stands for that matters most to the Packers Head Coach.
“(It’s) the history of this outing, but more importantly, the cause, the fight against cystic fibrosis,” McCarthy said around mid-day Monday as the outing was being delayed by rain at the Green Bay Country Club.
“This is always an honor for me to be part of this. It’s just great to give back to a fantastic cause. Hopefully the rain will cooperate here in a little bit and we can get out there and get going.”
Dating back to Lindy Infante in 1988, the Packers head coach has served as honorary chairman of the event, making this McCarthy’s ninth year and his association the longest. “65 Roses” is a phrase children afflicted with cystic fibrosis often use to name the disease because it’s so difficult to pronounce.
To date, the event has raised more than $650,000 for cystic fibrosis efforts, primarily through the establishment and continued funding of a cystic fibrosis resource center at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. The golf outing includes Packers players, coaches and other football operations staff members.
“It’s important to give back and it’s something my family takes a lot of pride in,” McCarthy said. “It’s definitely something that’s communicated (to the players as well). I feel that the position that we’re in as professionals, we are a pillar in our community. It takes a village to raise a child, and we are definitely pillars in that village.”
The Packers are in the middle of three weeks of OTA practices, which resume on Tuesday, so the head coach confessed his golf game isn’t in the greatest of shape at the moment. But he was ready to give it a go, provided the rain would subside.
“It will be fun to see which way the ball flies, left to right or right to left today,” he said. “That’s usually the beauty of playing in this tournament for me. I don’t have a lot of preparation for this event.”
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