Green Bay Packers linebacker Sam Barrington and United Healthcare paired up Wednesday afternoon to support the students of a local Milwaukee public school.
The Packers’ Walter Payton Man of the Year donated backpacks of healthy food to the 335 students in support of Blessings in a Backpack. Blessings is a non-profit organization that distributes nutritious food to students who don’t have access to it.
Beginning next school year, Barrington and United Healthcare plan to donate more than 100 bags of healthy snacks to Townsend every Friday afternoon. The bags will be distributed to kids who may not have access to nutritious food during the weekend.
Barrington is also helping to renovate a student activity room at the Townsend Street School as a part of his Dreambuilders program, which received a $22,000 grant from United Healthcare. He and employee volunteers of United Healthcare look to move and assemble new furniture, as well as painting the walls of the activity room for the local Milwaukee school.
The Jacksonville native also offered advice to the children on striving to make a positive impact in their own lives, and in the lives of those around them. To the young boys he said, “Please, be respectful to these young women because that’s somebody’s daughter, that’s somebody’s sister.”
After starting seven games for the Packers in 2014, Barrington suffered a season-long foot injury that landed him on the team’s injured reserve list. While rehabbing from this injury, he started to engage in community work.
“I think the best is yet to come,”Barrington said. “I spoke to kids on being progressive not only for the community, but for themselves. About having a bright future. They don’t have the opportunity to get too much insight from guys in my position, so I’m just thankful that I have the opportunity and the platform to go and give.”
The former 2013 seventh-round pick was awarded the 2015 community service award at the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce “Welcome Back” luncheon earlier this year. Barrington was honored with the award because of his consistent involvement with various non-profit organizations, such as the Salvation Army, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, PALS chapters and the NFL’s Play 60 program, according to the Packers website.
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