Favre, McNair hand out $150K in Katrina relief

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. -- Quarterbacks Brett Favre and Steve
McNair, in connection with the NFL Youth Football Fund, have handed
out 20 checks totaling $150,000 to help local football programs in
south Mississippi recover from the devastation of Hurricane
Favre and McNair, both Mississippi natives, first discussed a
Katrina relief effort during a preseason game between the Green Bay
Packers and Tennessee Titans in Nashville last year. The two agreed
the Brett Favre Fourward Foundation and the Steve McNair Foundation
would do what they could to help those in need.
Their efforts in the month following Katrina included 20
semitrailers filled with baby formula, water, food and other
On Thursday, high school football programs trying to regroup
with lost equipment took center stage.
"We were doing a piece for the Red Cross in Nashville when we
talked about what we could do for some of the people. We tried to
do what we could to bring some joy.
"It will not be enough, but we're happy to help get these
programs back and running. It will take a while for the coast to
get back, but hopefully this will help some," Favre said.
The grants ranged between $1,500 and $5,000 with the NFL
matching funds up to $5,000 to schools and nonprofit youth football
organizations. To receive the grants, schools and youth leagues
filled out applications with the NFL Youth Football Fund.
Favre's foundation awarded checks to four schools and one youth
league in Hancock County and Mercy Cross High in Biloxi. McNair's
foundation contributed 15 checks to schools ranging from the Gulf
Coast to Bassfield and Laurel.
"It's very important as professional athletes that we never
forget where we come from," McNair said. "We came together to
help people. We can't bring back the people who lost their lives,
but we can help rebuild lives.
"It's a privilege to help football programs get back to where
they started."