BISHOP’S CHARITIES GAME
- Thursday night marks another Green Bay preseason tradition: the Bishop’s Charities Game. It was first played in 1961 after Vince Lombardi was approached by the Diocese of Green Bay about playing a charitable contest in Green Bay (the Shrine contest was a fixture in Milwaukee).
- The series enjoys its 54th contest this year and has raised more than $3.7 million.
- For more than 30 years, the church handled much of the game’s business-related tasks, including game-program and advertising sales, using a network of volunteers covering 14 counties throughout northeastern Wisconsin. The Packers assumed many of those tasks beginning in 1994.
- The Packers are 28-24-1 all-time in the series. The Chiefs will be the Packers’ opponent in the game for the third time in the last four years and for the sixth time overall (1978-79, 1992, 2011-12)