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Jordy Nelson to host annual Packers charity softball game

The Timber Rattlers announced a new player is taking over for Donald Driver at the annual charity softball game.
GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WFRV) - The Timber Rattlers announced a new player is taking over for Donald Driver at the annual charity softball game.           

"I do not know if many people know but slow pitch softball is something I really do enjoy doing, back home in the off-season" says Packers Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson.

He will show off his skills when the Packers offense takes on the defense.

The June 8th charity game is a fan favorite.

"To see us out here interacting with [the fans] and our teammates where it is not quite as serious as it is on the football field or even training camp. I think they enjoy it. It is fun for us to get outside of football and do something different" Nelson says.

The Timber Rattlers add extra seats to the outfield, bringing capacity to 9,000 and even then the charity game is a sellout.

"To be a part of it and have my name attached to it, it is an honor. Hopefully we continue to put on a good show" says Nelson.

He is taking the torch from Donald Driver, who continued the tradition started by Brett Favre 14 years ago.

Last year the event raised more than $115,000. Money that will now support the Young Life organization.

"We work with high school and middle school aged students" explains Kirk Foote, the Area Director for  Young Life Green Bay.

The non-profit mentors kids and helps them grow in their faith.

The program is only ten years old in Green Bay.

"We are excited that this may connect us to alumni who have moved here from all over the country, that may find out that we are here" Foote says.

According to Nelson "It is something that my wife and I believe strongly in, and a way for people in the community to help out the kids because they are the future".

Tickets go on sale November 21. There are several price points and ticket package options.

To find out more click here.

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