Bart Starr in La Crosse to support the Boy Scouts

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr was at The Waterfront Cargill Room in La Crosse Thursday night to benefit the Boy Scouts of America.

Starr who was a Boy Scout said when he got into his senior year of high school and into college he began thinking about the basics and principles he learned from scouting.

“I could reflect and knew that it was something I was going to be benefiting from for a long time,” said Starr.

Starr was serving as the featured speaker at the Gateway Area Council’s eleventh annual Golden Eagle fundraising dinner.

Starr said he learned a lot from coach Vince Lombardi, and said everyone who knew Lombardi benefited from him.

“One of the greatest men I’ve ever known period, because the gentleman was an absolutely fabulous leader,” said Starr.

Gateway Area Council scout executive and executive director Sean Henneman said Bart Starr is more than a great athlete.

“He’s a man of character, and he’s lived his life that way. He’s a great representative of scouting, and we can only hope that our young scouts in attendance can emulate Bart Starr in every way,” said Henneman.

Starr said the Boy Scouts have done a lot of good things for many people over the years.

“When you have a chance to do that, you become more appreciative of the opportunity that you’ve been granted to be able to do it,” said Starr.

Money raised from the event goes toward camp scholarships, and other program opportunities.

The Gateway Area Council serves about 4,000 Boy Scouts in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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