<span style="">New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was the special guest of Tahlia Hinrichs this morning. Brees, to the surprise of Hinrichs, arrived at the first-graders' home before the start of the school and met her family and then escorted her to school, Saint Francis Xavier School in Metairie, in a limousine.
The stunned Hinrich was selected in a blind draw as part of the NFL's Take A Player to School sweepstakes sponsored by J.C. Penney. Brees, the national spokesman for the program, arrived at her school and after a visit to the principal's office, spoke to the student body in an assembly about the importance of good health. Brees also led the children in fitness activities as part of the NFL's PLAY 60 campaign, which is a program designed to encourage children to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
The NFL Take a Player to School sweepstakes selected one winner in each of the 32 NFL markets and two non-NFL markets. The NFL and JCPenney will make a donation to each winning school to support their in-school and afterschool physical fitness programs. Each school also will receive an equipment donation from Wilson, the official football of the NFL.
The JCPenney Afterschool Fund is a charitable organization committed to providing children in need with access to life-enriching afterschool programs that inspire children to be smart, strong and socially responsible. Since 1999, JCPenney and the JCPenney Afterschool Fund have contributed more than $80 million to support afterschool programs nationwide. In 2008, the Afterschool Fund's grants provided more than 23,000 children with access to life-enriching afterschool programs.
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