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Green Bay to launch middle school football program in fall

7:09 AM, Jan. 29, 2013
Quarterback Brad Van Pay calls out a play during a drill at Green Bay East High School football practice last summer. A new middle school program could serve as a feeder for the high school team.
Quarterback Brad Van Pay calls out a play during a drill at Green Bay East High School football practice last summer. A new middle school program could serve as a feeder for the high school team.
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Seventh- and eighth-graders attending Green Bay schools will have the opportunity to play football starting in fall.

The Green Bay School Board approved a middle school football program by a 6-0 vote on Monday. Board member Mike Blecha was not at the meeting.

Students in the Green Bay School District's middle schools currently must join private youth leagues and pay fees if they want to play football. A school-wide program will allow all students to participate, advocates said. It also will keep students in the district who might otherwise attend class in other districts because they offer ...

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