On Monday, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be taking over as interim host of Jeopardy! for the next two weeks. The game show‘s website has also announced which charity will benefit from his time as guest host.
Each of the recent interim hosts have helped raise money that is donated to one of their favorite charities. In Rodgers’ case, he has chosen to donate all proceeds from his two-week Jeopardy! appearance to North Valley Community Foundation.
Rodgers was born and raised in Chico, California, which is where NVCF is located. Therefore it makes sense that the quarterback chose to help out his local community. The foundation receives donations that are then redistributed as grants to local businesses and individuals in need.
“We hold hundreds of individual funds, each embodying a community member’s dream for a better world,” the NVCF website states.
Additionally, the Super Bowl champion worked with the foundation over the last year to establish the Aaron Rodgers Small-Business COVID-19 Fund. The collaboration benefits locally owned and operated retail and restaurant businesses in Butte County.
Furthermore, the foundation has lended a hand with California wildfire relief efforts. Their Camp Fire Recovery has awarded more than $36 million in grants. They’ve distributed the funds to those in immediate and overwhelming need for emergency relief and response.
‘Jeopardy!’ Hosts Raise Thousands For Charity
Similar to Aaron Rodgers’ charity donations to the NVCF, the other Jeopardy! guest hosts are pairing up with their own chosen charities.
Currently, Dr. Mehmet Oz is filling in for the late iconic Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek. Ever since Trebek passed away in November, the popular game show has utilized a rotating cast of celebrities as hosts. Dr. Oz will be donating money to Healthcorps, Inc. following the end of his guest host tenure on Friday.
Previous host Katie Couric chose Stand Up To Cancer as her charity fund. Jeopardy’s Twitter page announced that more than $230,000 has been donated to SU2C because of Couric’s two-week appearance.
With Aaron Rodgers up next after the weekend, many might wonder why the NFL star is hosting the quiz show. The Super Bowl MVP and 9-time NFL Pro Bowler isn’t anything close to being a dumb jock. In fact, he already has a connection to Jeopardy! that many of the interim hosts can’t claim. He’s a former champion of the game show.
In 2015, a 31-year-old Rodgers made an appearance on Celebrity Jeopardy! during the NFL offseason. He faced fellow contestants Kevin O’Leary from Shark Tank and astronaut Mark Kelly. The quarterback is a well-known fan of the game show. He did himself and the NFL proud with his game show performance when he walked away as a Jeopardy! champion.
Rodgers won $50,000 for charity that day after his big win. The money went to the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer fund.
The quarterback’s tenure as guest host on the show will run from April 5 to April 16. Subsequently, Anderson Cooper will take the reins as interim host.