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FAVRE FANS SPEND SUPER BOWL SUNDAY HELPING SPECIAL OLYMPICSfrom: Thomas Hapka
WAUSAU, WISCONSIN, February 2, 2009 - For millions of football
fans around the world, Super Bowl Sunday was about cheering a
favorite team, sharing great food and great fun with close
friends, or simply reveling in a game that’s become the greatest
spectacle the world of professional sports has to offer. But for
three devoted Brett Favre fans in Wisconsin, it was an
opportunity to put their passion for football and their favorite
quarterback to good use on behalf of a worthy cause — in this
case, the Special Olympics.
Erick and Adam Rolfson, the brothers who founded the ‘Bring Back
Brett Favre’ fan organization, and Wisconsin author Thomas
Hapka, have teamed up to help the charity, which has long been
of Brett Favre’s favorite causes. The trio spent the weekend,
including Super Sunday, promoting the Wisconsin Winter Games,
which were held in Wausau for the 20th consecutive year.
The Rolfsons were featured speakers at the games, delivering an
address to more than 300 athletes, their families and coaches on
Saturday evening at the opening ceremonies.
“It’s an honor that Special Olympics Wisconsin asked us to speak
at this event,” Erick Rolfson told the gathering. “These
athletes and the courageous effort they put forth are truly
inspiring, and it’s a privilege to be part of the Winter Games.”
Special Olympians competed in a variety of events throughout the
weekend, including alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country
skiing, and snowshoe racing. Six athletes from Wisconsin will be
going on to compete in the World Olympic Games in Boise, Idaho,
February 6th through the 13th.
In addition to donating their time at Special Olympics events,
Hapka and the Rolfsons are also doing a statewide publicity tour
for the organization while promoting their new book, “Letters To
Brett Favre: A Fan Tribute.” Comprised of letters from fans
around the world and colorful essays by the author, prominent
bloggers, and sportswriters, the book is a compelling account of
the many ways the future Hall-of-Famer has touched the lives of
people from all walks of life. Hapka, himself a lifelong
football fan, had this to say about the book — and Favre — in a
recent interview at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
”I always knew that Brett’s fans felt a powerful connection to
him, but I didn’t realize just how deep that connection was
until I began reading the many letters supplied for this book.
>From a woman who demanded to have the Packer game piped into the
delivery room so “Number Four could be with her” during the
birth of her first child, to the many fans who credit Brett with
helping them survive everything from injuries and drug
addictions to battles with cancer and the deaths of loved ones,
I gained real insight into the many ways this football superstar
has affected countless families — including mine.”
Hapka and the Rolfsons are donating a portion of the proceeds
from the sale of “Letters To Brett Favre: A Fan Tribute” to the
Special Olympics. Dennis Alldridge, president of Special
Olympics Wisconsin, formally endorsed the book last week.
“A HUGE majority of our Special Olympics athletes, coaches and
staff members are hard-core Favre fans, but we are so impressed
to see a wonderful compilation of Favre “fan mail” that shares
our excitement about what he gave to the team, the state, and
even to Special Olympics Wisconsin!” Alldridge said in a
statement from his office.
Adam Rolfson, who recently appeared on the Madison CW with his
brother and Hapka, had this to say about the project. “I never
dreamed that our work on the ‘Bring Back Brett Favre’ campaign
would afford us the opportunity to pair up with Tom, create this
book, and become involved with the Special Olympics,” Rolfson
said. “We’re using the book as a tool to help raise money and
public awareness for the Special Olympics, including the
chapters in New York, Mississippi and Wisconsin.”
Special Olympics chapters in Wisconsin, New York, and Favre’s
home state of Mississippi will equally split a percentage of the
profits from the sale of the book, and additional book signings
are being organized to help each of the respective chapters with
their immediate project goals.
“Letters to Brett Favre: A Fan Tribute”’ can be found through
letterstobrettfavre.com and the home page of Special Olympics
For more information, or to schedule an interview, please call
920.285.8055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the author:
Thomas Hapka is a freelance writer and graduate of the
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He learned of FIV in 1995
when his cat, Jac, was diagnosed. Since then, he has consulted
with hundreds of pet owners, and his work has been featured in
the magazines Australian National Cat and Cats Life. Hapka is
presently enrolled at the British Institute of Homeopathy USA
where he is pursuing a degree in veterinary homeopathy.
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