So much emphasis goes into what football players do on the field, but how they impact the community in which their team resides in speaks volumes. For the New Orleans Saints, glowing displays of these players and the organization work together to impact the Crescent City and beyond.
Here’s a look at just some of the things the Saints have done and are doing in the month of September to make an impact.
- A Community STEM Fest is set for Sept. 30, which is set to feature over 2,000 students and teachers throughout the region to promote the education day.
- Brandon Coleman has a put out an experience package for a home game that you can bid on that benefits the Alzheimer’s Association.
- On Sept. 19, Cam Jordan visited Smothers Academy in Jefferson, La. to help promote reading.
- On Sept. 20, Landon Turner visited Faith Lutheran School in Harahan, La. for the play football experience and to promote NFL Play 60. That same day, Brandon Coleman visited Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center in New Orleans to celebrate National Healthy Lunch Day with the American Diabetes Association.
- Tom Benson gifted $1 million from the Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation to Stuart Hall School for Boys in early September. The Benson Leadership Field provides an outdoor atmosphere for students to both play and learn, while The Hulefeld Outdoor Classroom offers an outdoor learning space that increases health benefits in students while also elevating the community.
- Each week, the Saints recognize a teacher of the week who shows their commitment to the development and education of our children.
Right before school started in August, Terron Armstead and Mark Ingram helped 200 local students in a back-to-school backpack giveaway and shopping spree. At the end of July, players Cam Jordan, Mark Ingram, Delvin Breaux, and former star Michael Lewis all traveled up north to help promote NFL Play 60 in Canada. At the beginning of that same month, the Saints hosted their annual Community Patrol Summer Camp, which hosted hundreds of children at the team’s indoor practice facility to participate in football drills. Back in June, the Saints also teamed up with the New Orleans Pelicans to donate $50,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana.
Although the team was on the road last week and is across the country in London for this week, you can fully expect them to put in some strong community work during their bye week and beyond throughout the entire season. Thankfully, it’s a carousel that never stops for the New Orleans Saints.