NFL star Aaron Rodgers surprised four kids on a boating/fishing excursion whose dads are fallen military veterans.
Sisters Alexis, Starr, and Kylee apparently aren’t football fans, the footage suggests, but Dylan nearly freaked out when he realized he was sitting across from Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. Dylan tragically lost his dad when he was only six.
See the video embedded below.
The kids were brought together by Camp Hometown Heroes, which sponsors a free week-long summer camp in Wisconsin for children and young siblings of veterans from all over the country who died while serving our country.
The heartwarming encounter, which presumably was filmed in the summer of 2014, was chronicled on video for the latest installment of Rodgers’ #itsAaron series (now in its third season) and the itsAaaron.com website, which highlights the work of Wisconsin non-profit organizations of this nature.
In the video interaction with the kids, Rodgers comes across as very down to earth and just like a regular guy.
Rodgers was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player yesterday, the second time he has secured the MVP award in his pro football career. His team was about five minutes away from qualifying for tonight’s Super Bowl, but a series of bad decisions and poor plays caused the Packers to blow a lead, then ultimately lose to the Seattle Seahawks in overtime by a score of 28-22.
Camp Hometown Heroes carries out an important mission, according to its website.
“Camp Hometown Heroes is a national free week-long overnight summer camp for children and siblings between the ages of seven to seventeen of fallen U.S. service members who died in any manner: combat, accident, illness or suicide. During their visit to camp, perhaps for the first time in their young lives, the children have the opportunity to openly discuss their feelings and experiences. Through the support of pediatric grief specialists, the children partake in art and music therapy programs and optional discussion groups.”
The kids from across the country can also participate in typical summer camp activities in addition to continuing their healing process.
“The sense of isolation that kids of fallen service members can feel is very profound and palpable, so to come to a place where children understand is really liberating. They leave camp knowing they are loved and cared about and that they have a brighter future,” co-founder Neil Willenson explained.
Aaron Rodgers is only the ninth player in NFL history to be selected MVP more than once.
“Rodgers joined five-time winner Peyton Manning, three-time winners Jim Brown, Johnny Unitas and [Bret] Favre, and two-time winners Joe Montana, Steve Young, Kurt Warner and Tom Brady as the only players to win multiple MVP awards,” ESPN reported.
Aaron Rogers, who shows up at venues such as Camp Hometown Heroes to publicize their work, finished the 2014 season with 4381 throwing yards and 38 touchdowns.
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