Jimmy Graham’s Charity Cornhole Challenge unites best bag-tossers

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Cornhole, bags… whatever you want to call it, Jimmy Graham brought the bags to the Bay for another year.

“I think it’s one of the most Wisconsin things you can do,” said Jimmy Graham, tight end for the Green Bay Packers.

He brought his Vietnam-era, fully restored Huey along with him as a show of respect to our veterans.

“Being able to thank them for all that they’ve done and all that they’ve sacrificed for us to live the lives that we do over here in this country,” said Graham.

Several soldiers from the Wounded Warrior Project were invited along, as well.

“20+ years in the military,” said Daniel Hinze, a veteran of Afghanistan. “Spent 12 years last active. 101st out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.”

Graham plans on taking kids and veterans for rides in the wartime helicopter as part of his charity–the Jimmy Graham Foundation.

“Military and children and Wounded Warriors–it’s all very important to his career and his life,” said Marlon LeWinter, a publicist for Graham. “So, it’s nice to be a part of it and the Green Bay community has really embraced us.”

As far as the cornholists go, the competition got pretty fiery.

“We lost our first round,” said David Morse, who drove from Chicago to compete. “We’ll bounce back, though.”

The American Cornhole League showed us that no distance is too great for bags.

“Oh, it’s awesome. We have people from all over here,” said Morse. “Teams from Minnesota, southern Illinois. People from all over made the trip.”

A wide range of talent levels left some wondering, ‘Are we even any good at cornhole?’

“Nope,” said Hinze. “Unless there’s beer involved. Then I get better.”

Jimmy Graham says he plans to keep bringing his cornhole challenge back as long as he is part of the Packers.

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