Retired New Orleans Saints midfielder Drew Brees always strives to give back to her community, most especially by being a fixture in her community when Hurricane Katrina hits. His latest project is related to domestic violence prevention.
The future Hall of Fame full-back opened up about this on the AP Pro Football Podcast, Thirteen Anchors:
“Yeah, so I’ve been doing domestic violence for a while and started going back to college for me and you know, Purina and Red Rover put their hands out and said, ‘Hey, we feel for you. feel like you’re the perfect fit You know, you have a dog that you love as if you understand the importance of pets in life and their role and you’re also an outspoken advocate for this call.”
For Brees, domestic violence prevention is something he has long been passionate about. It’s also something he knows pets can help with, hence the latest venture with these brands.
He saw an area where he could help and jumped at the opportunity to get involved that way:
“So that was like the initial meeting there. And then, you know, just hearing about the issue and realizing that only 15% of domestic violence shelters allow objects. pets and I mean, about 50% of people put off living in the situation because they can’t bring their pets. And that’s it, it’s a life-or-death situation.”
For the victims, their pets may be their only source of safety and comfort, and they’re often not allowed to bring them along, which Brees believes doesn’t help at all.
Drew Brees and his philanthropic efforts
The legendary Saints quarterback has always engaged in its community and sought to find ways to give back and improve the world throughout its long career. That obviously hasn’t stopped now that he’s retired.
However, his work in trying to prevent domestic violence is not the only thing he is known for outside of the field. In the late 2000s, his foundation raised more than $1.5 million to rebuild schools, playgrounds, and other things. Katrina bag destroyed.
They also raise money every year to help improve the quality of life and care of cancer patients in the area. In the end, they raised over $45 million in total.
He and his wife say they’ve donated $33 million themselves to charity.