This morning, the New Orleans Saints partnered with Camp Tiger to provide students with special needs a Black and Gold themed morning at the University of New Orleans.
Camp Tiger is a class project by first and second year medical students from Louisiana State University. More than 95 incoming freshman and 170 second year medical students participate in this annual program that provides over 115 New Orleans area children with special needs the opportunity to enroll in a full-day camp.
Today, students were able to enjoy elements of the Saints experience and Junior Training Camp Program that included a Saints obstacle course, the quarterback challenge, a wide receivers drill as well as some other activities.
"It is an event where we can bring football to children who normally don't have a chance to experience it," said Andrew Remson, Youth Programs Manager for the Saints. "The kids get so excited when they see how fun it is to come out here and enjoy the day with the Saints."
Both the team and Camp Tiger are excited about continuing the partnership in future years. "Last year the kids had such a blast. All of these kids are from the the New Orleans area, they grew up Saints fans. They love the Saints," said Vilija Vaitaitis, activities co-chair for the event.
"Bringing the Saints Junior Training Camp to Camp Tiger is something that we pride ourselves in and have fun with. We enjoy these kinds of partnerships," said Remson. He added, "We are a community organization first. It's not just about Sundays in the Superdome, it is about us in community."