Green Bay Packers head coach, team make donation to Baker University
Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy and the Packers organization have partnered to make a $100,000 donation to Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., it was announced Wednesday. This is the third year McCarthy and the Packers have made a donation to the university.
“My experiences at Baker University were very meaningful to me, both on and off the field,” said McCarthy. “I feel privileged to be able to support the university in this way and help it continue to make a positive impact in student-athletes’ lives.”
McCarthy, now in his fifth season as head coach of the Packers, earned a degree in business administration from the school and was an all-conference tight end and senior captain in 1986, helping lead the Wildcats to an NAIA Division II national runner-up finish. He was inducted to the school’s athletic hall of fame Oct. 20, 2007.
The donation to Baker University will continue to aid the football program through its support of an endowment for a football scholarship in McCarthy’s name. The scholarship, established in 2008, specifically will go to an incoming junior college athlete, like McCarthy was, who demonstrates the potential to make a meaningful impact on the program.
James Guyton, a transfer defensive end from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, is the most recent recipient of the scholarship.
Additionally, portions of the funds will go to current scholarship funding, as well as into a budget for enhancements to the football program, such as facility improvements and the addition of a new set of dumbbells for the university’s weight room.
“This has provided a positive impact on the whole Baker community,” Baker coach Mike Grossner said. “The purchase was a much needed replacement for our weight facility. Finally, and probably most importantly, we have been able to put away $175,000 in an endowed scholarship fund in Mike's name. This will allow him to always be a big part of the Baker football program forever. We are very proud of Mike and his accomplishments.”
This is the third such donation this year for McCarthy and the Packers. A $100,000 donation was made to the Greenfield Neighborhood in McCarthy’s native Pittsburgh in August. McCarthy and the Packers teamed for a similar donation in 2008 and 2009.
And in the Green Bay area, McCarthy and the Packers partnered for a $100,000 donation in August to the Seven Loaves Project, an organization that supports villages in Rwanda, Africa, by giving training in bread baking and small-business skills. Similar donations were made to the Autism Society of Northeast Wisconsin (ASNEW) in 2009 and to the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay in 2008.
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