The New Orleans Saints & United Way Kick Off 2016 Community Patrol Summer Camps

The New Orleans Saints and United Way of Southeast Louisiana team up for the 14th Annual Community Patrol Summer Camps.

The Community Patrol Camps use football to teach participants skills that will improve their behavior and attitudes in preparation for the new school year.

During the weeks of June 20th and June 27th, four separate one-day camps were held at the New Orleans Saints training facility in Metairie. More than 400 local children between the ages of 9-13 benefited from this safe, fun and educational experience. The Community Patrol Camps are provided free-of-charge to participants through the United Way and Saints partnership. 

The camps are led by Saints staff members who teach each participant various football skills, such as passing, catching, and heads-up tackling.  During these football rotations, participants are taught “character-building skills” through a new NFL-United Way initiative called Character Playbook, powered by EverFi. This league-wide initiative is an innovative digital learning experience that uses evidence-based strategies to educate students on how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships during their critical middle school years.

“The United Way and New Orleans Saints Community Patrol Camps represent yet another way that we are working, in partnership, to positively impact the lives of our regions’ children,” says Michael Williamson, President and CEO of United Way of Southeast Louisiana. “It is proven than high-quality social-emotional learning (SEL) programs significantly improve student academic performance, which is necessary in our work to move individuals out of poverty. We are truly thankful for the New Orleans Saints continued support of this partnership.”

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