What an inspiring and moving outpouring from New Orleans, Houma and Thibodeaux! Thank you for making the first annual Sideline Pass Holiday Toy Drive a resounding success! Sideline Pass was able to make Christmas morning dreams come true at The Haven, Raintree and Covenant House thanks to the generosity of our community! Benevolent folks flocked to the donation stations at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, Stein Mart and Ruth's Chris Steakhouses - contributing toys, books, clothes, games and supplies for those in need. Thank you everyone for your donation! Those of us at Sideline Pass were admittedly a bit overwhelmed by the fantastic response to the call for gifts. We must express our deepest gratitude to Bella Blooms Floral for the quick loan of their cargo van to serve as Santa's sleigh for a day. From all of us at Sideline Pass, ICAN Foundation, Wink Design and Events and Fellow Suits - we hope you and yours had a wonderful and blessed Christmas holiday!
Sideline Pass kicked off in June 2015 with a fabulous outreach with members of Girls on the Run! We toured the Saints’ facilities, went for a jog on the team’s indoor practice facilities and met players such as defensive end Akiem Hicks and punter Thomas Morstead.
Our young athletes also focused on staying active and healthy, with recreation time at Sector 6 Extreme Air Sports and a balanced meal at City Greens.
Throughout the day of an outreach, Sideline Pass features several female role models who share their advice and paths to success. Mentors for our inaugural outreach included Tulane Women’s Tennis Coach Terri Sisk, WWL Sports’ Leslie Spoon, Saintsations Appearance Team Director Tamica Lee, Nola.com sports journalist Katherine Terrell, Thibodaux Regional marketing coordinator Toni Martinez, Fleurty Girl’s Lauren LeBlanc, Wink Design & Events' planner Christina Chapuis, fashion designer Sarah Elizabeth Dewey of Jolie and Elizabeth, plus Jamie Schmill and Beth Eisen from the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
Some outreaches also treat the young ladies of Sideline Pass to a shopping spree, like this one at Academy Sports. Thanks to the generosity of the I Can Foundation and Academy Sports, the athletes of Sideline Pass were able to buy all of the necessary equipment and clothing needed to participate in various sporting activities for the upcoming school year.