Graduate Cruise along the Mississippi on Day 3


A similar conversation took place later that morning with student-athletes from Prescott High School, a visit that also included a $5,000 donation to the school’s physical education program.

Neal encouraged students to establish good habits and a strong work ethic now, as it lays the foundation for what they will do when they get older.

Williams’ father was an example of a work ethic for him, as the elder Williams got up every morning at 4:30 a.m. to work at the shipyard. When Tramon was 12, he also started working.

“My mum said, ‘If you want to talk to girls on the phone, you have to help with the phone bill.’ That’s where I learned the value of hard work,” he recalls with a laugh.

The discussion resonated strongly with Prescott senior Brady Block.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “As a lifelong Packers fan, it’s just super exciting for me and the big lessons like personal commitment and mental toughness to help us through our careers and high school athletics.”

As the coach continued south along the Wisconsin-Minnesota border, Pepin stopped at Villa Bellezza winery for lunch, where winemaker Katie Kujak led the Packers on a tour of the facilities. .

Moll and Spitz, who along with another former teammate, Daryn Colledge, started Three Fat Guys Wines, relished the opportunity to walk around and watch the grounds.

“There are so many ways to make wine, so I really like seeing how other people are doing it,” Moll said. “They have a nice place here and a really nice facility.”

When the Road Trip reached La Crosse, the first stop was at the Kwik Trip Bread and Bun Bakery where the group visited where the production of baked goods takes place for over 400 Wisconsin locations. The Kwik Trip logo was familiar as the company is a major partner of the Packers and has a Lambeau Field Gate sponsorship.


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