Children's hospital important charity for Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy has been hauling the Lombardi Trophy with him around the state of Wisconsin.

The Green Bay Packers coach brought it out with him on stage Saturday night at Lambeau Field during a Kenny Chesney concert. Now, he’s in Madison where he’s visited kids at the American Family Children’s Hospital. He and his wife Jessica are hosting their annual golf tournament in Middleton today, an event that benefits the hospital.

Short-term, we want to raise as much money as possible,” McCarthy said, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. “Long-term, we look for this to be a legacy charity for our family.”

McCarthy and his wife first toured the hospital, on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, two years ago. They were struck during their visit.

“After walking the halls that day, we knew this is where we wanted to make our connection,” McCarthy said. “It’s something that Jessica and I wanted to do together. I’m fortunate to have a lot of opportunities through the Green Bay Packers to be involved in a number of different charity events, but we wanted something that was specific to our family and something that we could continue to grow with our kids.”

When a team’s coach takes a lead like this in terms of community involvement, it’s a good sign and surely it sets an example for players.

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