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Jordy Nelson takes over annual charity softball game

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GREEN BAY (WKOW) -- Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is taking over as the host for the team's annual charity softball game.

The game is typically offense versus defense at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute. Some former Packers also play sometimes.

The popular event began in 1994 at Goodland Field in Appleton. It was co-hosted for four years by former Packers defensive back George Teague and singer/entertainer Michael Bolton. In 1999, former Packers quarterback Brett Favre stepped in as host, then in 2008 Donald Driver took over following Favre's departure from Green Bay.

Driver retired last year, and hosted the game one last time. A record crowd of 9,010 attended the game last June, won by the defense, 24-20.

On Tuesday, Jordy Nelson was named as the new host for 2014. Nelson said Young Life, a national Christian-based program which provides mentoring for middle-school and high-school-age youth, would be the primary beneficiary of the charity game.

"It's something that my wife and I believe strongly in," Nelson said. "And it's just a way for people to help the kids in the community because they are the future, and what will run this state, and this country, like I said down the road."

The Jordy Nelson Charity Softball Game will be held June 8 at 1:05 p.m.

Tickets can purchased over the phone at 1-800-WI-TIMBER, or 1-920-733-4152, or online.

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