October 17, 2011 5:41 AM
New Wave staff
During the NFL lockout in May, the Tulane Athletics Department opened its facilities to New Orleans Saints players to practice on the uptown campus. As a thank-you, the players have shared $35,000 with the Tulane Athletics Fund — part of the proceeds from two “football-player-for-a-day” charity raffles.
Members of the Saints raffled off two opportunities for fans to work out with the players at Tulane. The two raffles raised a total of $105,000, and the players have made three charitable contributions in equal amounts of $35,000 to TAF, Convoy of Hope and KaBOOM!
“We enjoyed having the Saints’ players work out at Tulane this off-season and were impressed with their work ethic and commitment to each other,” said Rick Dickson, Tulane athletics director. “Their generosity is greatly appreciated, and these funds will be directed to provide and improve resources for our student-athletes.”
"Giving back is something every single Saints player feels passionate about," said quarterback Drew Brees. “As a team, we carefully selected each of these organizations because of the positive impact each is having in the New Orleans community, and in the case of Convoy of Hope, the Joplin community as well.”
Jeff Nene of Convoy of Hope said the gift will help the organization feed children and families that are going through difficult times, such as this year’s floods in Louisiana and tornadoes in Joplin, Mo., and Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The contribution to KaBOOM! has completed funding for a community playground project at Conrad Park in the Hollygrove neighborhood in New Orleans.
“Providing eight fans with the opportunity to train with us was exciting and a lot of fun for everyone,” said linebacker Jonathan Vilma.
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