Green Bay Packers to distribute $250,000 to nonprofits

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers, who already have donated a half-million dollars to social-justice causes this year, are making five more grants of $50,000 each to help promote equality throughout Wisconsin.

The team announced Tuesday that it will distribute the grants totaling $250,000 to nonprofits in Kenosha (Building Our Future and The Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund), Madison (100 Black Men of Madison Inc. and Urban League) and Milwaukee (Leaders Igniting Transformation).

Earlier this year, the Packers made $150,000 grants to Milwaukee organizations Sherman Phoenix and the Boys & Girls Clubs. In addition, team president Mark Murphy and his wife donated $250,000 on their own to various causes around the state.

"Our players and the Packers organization remain committed to doing our part to address the pervasive issues of racial inequality and social injustice in our communities," Murphy said in a statement. "We are proud to contribute to these nonprofit organizations who are working every day to create and enhance access to education and economic opportunities and develop communities where children, adults and families can grow and thrive."

Earlier this year, the Packers were the first NFL team to make an organization-wide video to speak out against social injustice following the George Floyd killing in Minnesota.

The Packers took a day during training camp this summer to hold an in-house discussion on what steps players and others in the organization could take in order to enact change following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which is about 155 miles from Green Bay.

Murphy, who acts in place of an owner for the public-held Packers, urged other NFL owners to affect change during a video message in August.

The Packers have remained inside during the national anthem before each of their six games this season.