Drew Brees could run for Mayor of New Orleans and win by a landslide. That’s not just because of his prowess at quarterback for the Saints, but for his excellence in the New Orleans community he’s called home for the last 11 years.
Brees, along with his wife, Brittany, unveiled a new playground designed for children of all abilities. This all-inclusive mecca has wheelchair-accessible equipment and unique features like a zip line that doesn’t require arm strength.
“Brittany and I are honored to bring this playground to Audubon Park,” Brees said. “As the first fully inclusive playground of its kind in New Orleans, we wanted to create an experience where people of all ages and abilities can play side by side. We hope families will enjoy this play environment for years to come.”
The playground was made possible by The Brees Dream Foundation, which was founded in 2003 and has provided more than $25 million to charities all around the world since its inception. The foundation aims to “improve the quality of life for cancer patients and provide care, education and opportunities for children and families in need.”
Here are some wonderful photos from the historic day.
The quarterback’s son, Callan, pushes a new friend on the swing.
Brees was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year by the NFL in 2006, which recognizes players for their contributions both on the field and in their communities.
Just before Brees’ arrival in New Orleans, the city was leveled by Hurricane Katrina and the Saints were 3-13. Not only did he immediately turn the team around, leading them to an NFC South title, but his foundation also partnered with Operation Kids to rebuild schools, parks, athletic centers and uplift school and mentoring programs. He was a major beacon of light in a city that fell into total darkness.
He’ll no doubt enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton one day, but he’s already a Hall of Famer to so many.