Brees: Helping New Orleans is rewarding experience
Saints QB Drew Brees talked to ESPN The Magazine's Seth Wickersham about his charitable foundation and the personal rewards of being involved in New Orleans' post-Hurricane Katrina rebuilding process.
Editor's note: New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees described his charitable foundation and the personal rewards of being involved in New Orleans' post-Hurricane Katrina rebuilding process to ESPN The Magazine's Seth Wickersham.
My wife, Brittany, and I have always been very hands-on with our foundation. I know it's much easier to just put your name on something and withdraw yourself from it, but that's not the reason we do it. It's important to us. We care.
I made my visit to New Orleans roughly six months after Katrina. A lot of the city was still damaged. People were living in FEMA trailers. I appreciated how the Saints didn't try to hide anything from me. They showed places that hadn't recovered. They showed me how I could be a part of the city's rebuilding process. Now, some might be intimidated by that. My wife and I thought it was a calling.I look at it as, What's going to bring people back to New Orleans? The first thing families have to consider is the quality of life for their children. Is there a place for kids to go to school? Are there parks and playgrounds? Are there after-school programs? They have to know that their kids will have an opportunity to grow up and be successful. That's what's going to attract people back to New Orleans.
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Seth Wickersham is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and a columnist for ESPN.com. For information on the Drew Brees Dream Foundation, visit http://www.drewbrees.com/home.html
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