Green Bay Packers QB Donates Helmets to California High Schools Hit By Wildfires
When the worst wildfire in California's history ripped through his own hometown, he wanted to do something that would help teams for years to come.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is no stranger when it comes to giving back to his community. That's why his donation of 375 helmets to three Northern California high schools didn't come as a shock - just a welcomed gift from a generous guy.
The donation was made through the Aaron Rodgers Foundation and will go to help support communities that were affected by the Camp Fire in 2018. The Camp Fire has been registered as the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state's history.
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The helmets went to three schools: Paradise High, Chico High and Pleasant Valley. Rodgers grew up in Chico and went to Pleasant Valley High School, where he was the star quarterback of the high school football team - see him pictured below, on the right. Rodgers played for the team from 1998-2001.
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Rodgers chose VICIS ZERO1 model helmets because they have been rated the best by NFL/NFLPA laboratory testing for 3 seasons in a row.
"For me, this is a chance to step up and support the community where I was born and raised," Rodgers said in a statement for the Sacramento Bee . "I chose to invest in VICIS because of their ultimate commitment to player protection. These kids deserve the best, and I'm happy to play a small role in outfitting them with the safest helmets."
Rodgers is well-known for his longtime support of his hometown football team.
"I've been the head coach now for eight years and not one time have I ever had to ask Aaron for anything," Pleasant Valley HS coach Mark Cooley said. "He calls or texts every year and says, 'Coach, here is what I would like to do. Is this OK?' He does so much for our school and community that most people have no idea."
As all three teams gear up for a new season, they can do so safely, thanks to their hometown hero.
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