Besides being one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever set foot in the Superdome, Drew Brees is also a kind soul with a generous spirit. Mixing football with philanthropy, Brees loves his home state of Louisiana and readily gives money to support its culture and people. His Brees Dream Foundation, which he started in 2003, aims "to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and provide care, education, and opportunities for children and families in need."
Now, Brees has announced yet another charitable cause and a very hefty donation. He is giving $5 million to build new health centers all around Louisiana, with a focus on bringing affordable and reliable healthcare to underserved and underprivileged communities.
"We will continue to bridge the gap to bring healthcare, education, and economic equity to all our communities," Brees posted on his Instagram page.
This project is in partnership with Ochsner Health, and the first health center will be built in New Orleans East yet this year.
In an Instagram video, Brees made the following statement:
"COVID-19 has changed nearly everything, from the way that we work, to how our kids learn, to the way that we play football. And as we work through one of the greatest challenges of our lifetimes, our health and wellness have never been more important. The Brees Dream Foundation is proud to commit $5 million to support healthcare in Louisiana. In partnership with Ochsner Health, we will create community health centers in underserved communities throughout the great state of Louisiana. These health centers will offer primary and specialty care to communities who need it most and promote health equity for all."
Drew Brees is truly a Saint, in every sense of the word.