2009 Packers Training Camp at St. Norbert College

From St. Norbert College, June 16, 2009
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

The Green Bay Packers will move into St. Norbert College on Thursday, July 30 with camp starting on Friday, July 31. The Packers will move out of the dorms at St. Norbert College on Friday, August 21.

The college doesn't host any on-field activities, but it does serve as the team base for all living arrangements, transportation and meals, including continental breakfast, dinner and snack.

For a complete rundown of their practice schedule and more go to http://www.packerstrainingcamp.com/.

The Packers have held their summer training camp at St. Norbert College for 52 years, the longest such relationship between a pro football team and a college in the NFL.

--St. Norbert College Packers Training Camp History--
Then President of the Packers, Russ Bogda, and then head Coach Lyle Blackburn first approached St. Norbert College in the spring of 1957. At the time the Packers were headquartering at UW-Stevens Point. In the summer of 1958 Coach Scooter McLean and his staff brought the Packers to the St. Norbert campus Frank J. Sensenbrenner Residence Hall living quarters, to various classrooms for training sessions and to the dining facilities on the river bank hall now called Dennis M. Burke Hall.

Over the 52 years various halls have been used but the string of successive summers at St. Norbert College has NEVER been broken. Contractural agreements were completed with St. Norbert College by President Dominic Olejniczak, successor to Russ Bogda, who had retired due to illness. The first pre-season at St. Norbert College coincided with the first Packer schedule of games in the present Lambeau Field. In 1959, newly appointed head Coach Vincent Lombardi confirmed the summer camp location and formed a friendship with father Dennis Burke, O. Praem. Succeeding coaches and Packer Presidents over the years have found the facilities to their liking.

--About St. Norbert College--
St. Norbert College is a Catholic, Norbertine liberal arts college known for its academic excellence, focus on international awareness, and leadership and service opportunities. Founded in 1898 by Fr. Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., a Norbertine priest, St. Norbert College provides an education that is academically, personally and spiritually challenging. U.S. News & World Report's guide to "America's Best Colleges," ranks St. Norbert College among the top liberal arts colleges in the nation. The college has also been named to the Templeton Honor Roll for Character-Building Colleges and has been named one of "The Best in the Midwest" by Princeton Review magazine.