A look at Mike McCarthy's legacy in the community during his time as Packers head coach

    McCarthy at American Children's Hospital (WLUK)

    GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Mike McCarthy's legacy reaches far beyond the Green Bay Packers and what he's accomplished as a coach. He has also been an strong advocate for sick children for almost a decade.

    Those who know McCarthy personally describe him as a good man both on and off the field. During his 13 seasons as Packers head coach, McCarthy made time to give back his community.

    "We all know he is a successful NFL football coach; he had the second-most wins of any Packers coach with the exception of Curly Lambeau. But he is also a more exceptional human being," said Jim Gilmore Jr. from the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison.

    In 2009, McCarthy and his wife, Jessica Kress, started an annual golf tournament to help raise money for the hospital's Sick Kids Can't Wait campaign.

    "We launched that in 2010. Eight years of a very successful golf tournament and has raised $2 million for the American Children's Hospital," said Gilmore.

    With the funds raised, the hospital has been able to expand its services and treat more children.

    "We asked them to serve as honorary chair of our Sick Kids Campaign along with Cindy Crawford, and we treasure the relationship we have with coach and Jess," he said.

    Right now it is unclear if McCarthy and his wife will continue serving as co-chairs of the organization but the hospital said they hope to continue their work relationship in the future.

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