Jordy Nelson donates much of his time and efforts to various causes within the Green Bay and Kansas communities. In June of 2014, Jordy Nelson hosted the annual Offense vs. Defense Softball Game in Appleton, WI. The game benefited Young Life, a Christian nonprofit organization that pairs adult volunteers with mentor students, the Nelson’s have partnered with Young Life for the past 5 years. Over 8,000 fans were in attendance for Jordy’s inaugural game with game earning national attention from ESPN, Sports Illustrated, USA Today and Bleacher Report. When it was all said and done, over $100,000 was donated to the game’s beneficiary Young Life. The 3rd Annual Jordy Nelson Charity Softball Game is scheduled for Sunday, June 12th at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, WI. For more information please click here.
Jordy and Emily Nelson have supported Young Life outside of the Charity Softball Game as well. Each year, the Nelson’s help host an annual “Light Up the Night” fundraiser with the proceeds benefiting the Christian organization. “It’s mentoring kids, introducing them to Jesus Christ when the time is right, but most importantly – it’s just caring about the kids,” said Nelson.
In 2014, Jordy and his wife Emily started the Nelson Family Community Foundation, which benefits families in need in his community in Kansas. For the past seven years, Jordy and his family’s restaurant (Nelson’s Landing) have held an annual benefit that raises money for local families in need. The benefit features an autograph signing, with a line forming well before the 7pm start time, an auction featuring signed memorabilia from Jordy and his Packer teammates and a golf tournament at a local county course. Packer teammates such as Aaron Rodgers and AJ Hawk have traveled to Kansas to support Jordy and past benefits.
In 2009 and 2012, Jordy traveled the state of Wisconsin as a member of the Packers’ annual Tailgate Tour, making scheduled and surprise visits to various communities. Jordy was honored on February 17, 2011, when it was declared “Jordy Nelson Day” in Kansas by Governor Sam Brownback.