GREEN BAY — Packers RB Eddie Lacy has been honored as the NFLPA Community MVP for Week 5 after hosting a bowling fundraiser for Freedom House on Monday night.
The event, which was held at the Gutter in Suamico, Wis., raised money for the Brown County chapter of organization that provides emergency services for families in need.
Lacy holds Freedom House’s cause close to his heart after his own family was displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He later fulfilled a promise to his parents of buying them a new home shortly after the Packers drafted him in 2013.
“I feel really close to this because I went through Hurricane Katrina,” said Lacy earlier this week. “Although I didn’t have to live in a shelter, me and a bunch of my family members had to move into one of my aunt’s. We all crammed in this three-bedroom, one-bedroom house for months. So to be able to be in this position, I’m blessed enough to give back.”
Several Green Bay companies purchased lanes to support Lacy with guests bowling for prizes, partaking in a raffle and getting a chance to meet Lacy, WRs Randall Cobb and Davante Adams, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, LT David Bakhtiari, CB Damarious Randall, and DL Mike Pennel.
The fundraiser came after the work Lacy started with Freedom House last year, when he helped organize a food and clothing drive throughout the state of Wisconsin.
Lacy then took the items and donated them, along with $5,000, during a surprise visit to the local Freedom House. He now serves as an honorary board member for the organization.