'Victory Hall' unveiled in Joe Brown Park
  "I believe that engaging in all kinds of sports and play at an early age set me on my path to success," said Brees. "Brittany and I are honored to be part of an opportunity to help kids in New Orleans also experience the
benefits of becoming more physically active at a young age."


  "We're joining with the City of New Orleans and other partners to deliver opportunities to inspire and enable kids to get moving-and we believe that in turn can positively impact their lives in transformative ways," said Hill.
"Our work here is not just about creating places to play-it is about collaborating to accelerate the important, ambitious agenda of the Mayor to improve this great city through investing in developing the potential of its youth."
  "I am extremely excited to see the continued commitment to Joe W. Brown Park and to New Orleans East," said Landrieu. "The work that has been done here is a great example of what can be
accomplished through collaboration, partnership and investment. Victory Hall is a shining model of the things we will continue to accomplish as we move forward to build a better New Orleans and improve the quality of life for our citizens."
New Orleans Saints quarterback and co-founder of the Brees Dream Foundation, Drew Brees, and Elliott Hill, Nike North America vice president and general manager, joined Mayor Mitch Landrieu to unveil Phase I of the restoration of the Joe W. Brown Park gymnasium - now dubbed  'Victory Hall'. The new hardwood basketball court also incorporates a material called Nike Grind, "a premium-grade raw material comprised of recycled athletic shoes from Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program and Nike manufacturing byproduct."  The material was used in the construction of Victory Field, a new state-of-the-art football field that now sits adjacent to the gymnasium. Nike Grind will also be used in the eight-lane track field now under construction in the park. The projects and others are all part of the goal of transforming Joe W. Brown Memorial Park into a world-class regional park.

Foot Locker plans to join Nike in supporting Victory Hall through funding that will support maintenance and facility planning, as well as youth sports programming, over the next five years.


"We have always been deeply committed to empowering youth through athletics," said Jake Jacobs, President and CEO, Foot Locker U.S. "We are honored and excited to be a part of this important community-building initiative that will benefit and positively affect the City of New Orleans for years to come."

Youth programming will kick off this summer, when Victory Hall is complete, with a sports day camp for 125 local kids, aged 6-14. The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) selected Excite All Stars to run the 9-week camp, which will focus on involving kids in a variety of different sports and physical activity. Registration is open now at http://www.exciteallstars.org/Contact.html.

Vic Richards watches over event proceedings. Richards heads up the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, (NORDC) - the managing agency of the park.
Saints Quarterback, Drew Brees and Nike Vice President / General Manager, Elliot Hill, mix it up on the court at Joe W. Brown Park Victory Hall dedication - Photo by NOLAEast.com



Saints QB, Drew Brees and Nike Vice President, Elliot Hill

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