By Andrew Lwowski
Corona del Sol graduate and current New Orleans Saints guard Andrus Peat held his first annual Peat’s Purpose Celebrity basketball game and second annual youth football camp at his alma matter.
Members of the Peat family, friends and, of course, celebrities put on an entertaining game for the packed fans and community members in the gym. The event featured live commentary, a live DJ and splash plays from everyone.“
I grew up playing basketball, all my siblings played basketball, so it was a fun thing we wanted to do to get the whole city together and give back,” Peat said.
Peat used his celebrity basketball game to help raise money and shed light on Peat’s Purpose Foundation, aimed at helping teens who need an extra hand. Peat started the foundation as football and basketball camps, providing kids with an opportunity for build relationships, leadership and engage in extracurriculars that may not otherwise be available to them.
“It’s kind of something I’ve always wanted to do,” Peat said. “So going into year eight (of the NFL), I said I want to finally do it. And my wife, she’s a big inspiration for everything, she’s the mastermind behind as far as planning. So, we started the football camp last year and I felt like it was a success so we wanted to add onto it with the charity basketball game.” With the help of his family and friends, kids had the opportunity to rotate through different stations for drills and exercises with a final team relay race to close out the camp.
Afterwards, Andrus, his brothers and friends, who each had a drill in the rotation, awarded signed cleats, footballs and prizes to those who tried extra hard. Andrus’ father, Todd Peat Sr., said he was extremely proud of what his boys have accomplished and hopes this will help spread the legacy that him and his family have started. He celebrated his 59th birthday at the celebrity basketball game on Saturday, with everyone singing happy birthday during halftime.
Peat was a letterman in football, track and basketball during his time as an Aztec, and after establishing himself as a pro-bowler, he finally had the opportunity to give back to his community that made it all possible.