Drew Brees Passing Academy kicks off with Mark Ingram, Patrick Peterson, Larry Fitzgerald


This year’s Drew Brees Passing Academy kicked off Thursday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.

To join him in events are New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram, who just helped out at Tim Lelito’s Legacy Camp and cornerback Patrick Peterson and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, who host the Black and Gold in the season opener this year.

The Brees Dream Foundation, which was founded by Drew and his wife Brittany,  is the academy’s beneficiary, and it’s mission is ‘to improve the quality of life for cancer patients, and provide care, education and opportunities for children and families in need.’

‘The Brees Dream Foundation has contributed more than $20,000,000 to charitable causes and academic institutions globally. It is proud to be a reliable and accountable charity solution. The Foundation will continue to challenge itself and its corporate partners to increase the impact they have on the lives of those in need.’

The academy was founded in 2013, and ‘offers a competitive high school 7-on-7 competition and a one-of-a-kind for teams across the nation.’ The event will run June 25-27, and goes as followed:

Day One – Passing Academy

  • World-class skill position instruction, led by some of the top professional players in the game
  • Opportunity to hold individual team instruction with input from the pros
  • All-Star position competitions to determine best-in-camp skills
  • ProTalk and Q&A with Drew Brees

Day Two – 7-on-7 Tournament

  • Opportunity to compete in four 7-on-7 games against teams from across the country

Day Three – Championship Saturday

  • Three game 7-on-7 tournament based on seeding determined from Day Two results
  • Teams separated into two divisions based on school size
  • Awards ceremony
    • Winning team will receive a donation to the high school and its 2016 entry fee waived.

The event gives young athletes across the country the opportunity to better themselves in both life and in football, and is just another example of all the hard work and dedication Drew Brees does off the field and for the community. The New Orleans Saints are lucky to house such a stand-up guy.

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