According to the Badgers Give Back program website, the Backpack program is a hybrid of previous programs Bookin’ it with Bucky, Flat Bucky and Word of the Week. Badger Backpack was created to help facilitate relationships between University of Wisconsin student-athletes and children in the community through education with an emphasis on vocabulary and literacy. Each participating classroom is paired with one participating UW student-athlete. The program is built around monthly themes and teaching students new vocabulary to reinforce those themes. Communication is weekly through Google slides.
Each participating classroom gets the opportunity for a classroom visit each semester. The first semester visit is structured through their Badger Life program. This program dives into the habits of student-athletes in their education and fitness, as well as highlights how they set goals, overcome obstacles and demonstrate leadership and kindness in their lives. The Badger athlete read a book about the adventures of Bucky Badger, and then answer pre-written questions relating to the importance of education, health and wellness and kindness. At the end of the visit, the student-athlete works with the students on a fun Badger-themed activity.
For the second semester visit, classrooms will coordinate with the Badgers Give Back office for an hour long activity to do with their student-athlete. This will give classrooms the opportunity to show student-athletes the unique interests of their classroom.