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Saintsations and Youth Programs Visit St. Michael’s

Posted May 29, 2012

By Matt Mendelson

St. Michael’s Special School hosted their annual field day yesterday. The Saints have partnered with the school for over thirty years and have been involved with the school’s field day for the past five years.

Over 120 students with special needs at St. Michaels were able to participate in seven different events including elements from the Saints’ Junior Training Camp Program. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a Saints obstacle course, the quarterback challenge, and a tackling drill. Those participating were between the ages of five and 50.

Jason Trosclair, Director of Youth Programs for the New Orleans Saints, was pleased to participate in this event again.

“This is a great partnership that has been in place since before I started here. It is a great pleasure to be participating at St. Michael’s again this year. This continued partnership is very important.”

The New Orleans Saintsations joined in on the field day as well, supporting students and working with the St. Michael’s cheerleading squad. The St. Michael’s cheerleaders had prepared a surprise routine for the Saintsations and were very excited about being able to learn from NFL Cheerleaders.

Caitlyn Milligan, a Saintsation studying Kinesiology hoping to specialize in children with special needs, was very excited to be a part of the event.

“It is great that we were able to come out here today. I love it. The kids are great. It really makes me want to make a difference. I am so glad we could work with the students and the cheerleaders here at St. Michael’s.”

Patrick Prigmore, Coach and Adaptive Physical Education Teacher, was very happy to see the children excited about their field day with the Saints.
“It’s really important. The kids love the Saints and we love to follow them. It has been a sensational relationship. The kids have a great time with it.” 

Sir Saint and Gumbo, the Saints’ team mascots, also came to the field day at Annunciation Square. Gumbo attended equipped with GumboCam and the video will be available early next week.

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