Drew Brees teams up with Audubon Park to open a new playground that is inclusive of children of all abilities, including those with special needs. The "Saintly" star quarterback and his wife Brittany Brees made a donation to help bring the first playground of its kind to New Orleans.
The new Walnut Street playground is wheelchair accessible and is designed to accommodate families with mobility challenges while also promoting the development of those motor skills.
The playground features swings made for children who use wheelchairs, a braille panel, a bongo drum panel, slides, jungle gyms and a zip line that has a bucket seat for kids with limitations. The idea behind these features is to promote interactive physical, cognitive, visual and hearing experiences.
Brees says he feels "honored" to bring this type of playground to his community.
"As the first fully inclusive playground of its kind in New Orleans, we wanted to create an experience where people of all ages and abilities can play side by side. We hope families will enjoy this play environment for years to come,” Brees said.
Brees and his family attended the dedication of the Walnut Street playground on Dec. 12 where they spoke with families, played with the children, signed autographs and posed for photos.
The playground was made possible by the Brees Dream Foundation whose goal is to provide opportunities for children and families in need. The foundation has contributed $25 million dollars to charitable causes worldwide to date.
Photos courtesy: New Orleans Saints and Audubon Nature Institute