Legendary Superstar Drew Brees Becomes A Strategic Partner with Significant Investment in Surf Sports
NFL Quarterback Drew Brees is passionate about the transformative power of sports and in providing opportunities for boys and girls of all ages. Already working with Surf Sports on his nationwide flag football league, Football N’ America (FNA), now Drew joins Surf Cup Sports leadership.
NFL Quarterback Drew Brees and the Surf Cup Sports organization share a deep passion for youth sports and creating a positive environment in which youth players can develop life skills.
With the goal of impacting the lives of kids through sports, Brees is forming a new strategic partnership with Surf Sports which is nationally recognized for their commitment to athletic development and the lifechanging power of sports. Brees is making a significant investment in the organization and joining its leadership team.
“With our shared vision and mutual commitment to youth development this is a powerful partnership,” said Brian Enge, CEO of Surf Sports.
“Drew’s involvement will help continue to grow the Surf brand to be synonymous with opportunities for youth sports development here in San Diego and nationwide,” said Enge
While Brees may suit up for NFL’s New Orleans Saints, he calls San Diego his off-season home. Originally a San Diego Charger, Brees was a top pick in the 2001 NFL Draft and is known as one of the greatest quarterbacks of the century, and yes, he played youth soccer as a kid.
There is nothing better than team sports to develop life skills.NFL Quarterback Drew Brees
As a father of four, Brees is passionate about the transformative power of sports and providing opportunities for boys and girls of all ages.
Famous for his talents on the football field and Super Bowl magic, Brees also deserves recognition for his philanthropic work. From the Drew Brees Foundation which is focused on improving the lives of cancer patients and providing care and educational options for children in need, to his his nationwide flag football league, Football N’ America (FNA), Brees and his wife Brittany are committed to giving back.
The life lessons you learn and the friendships you make are so valuable. Interested in a holistic approach, Brees believes in the value of being a multi-sport athlete. Saying that the cream will always rise to the top, There is nothing better than team sports to develop life skills.
ScoutingZone’s Brooke Kentera Interviewed Drew Brees for SoccerToday
Brooke Kentera: As a Super Bowl hero, what advice do you have for young athletes who are looking to play collegiately or professionally?
Drew Brees: I always tried to play as many sports as I could and I learned so much as I went from each level of sport to the next — from little league to college to pro.
The game elevates, those around you always get better and better.
I always felt that there were different skill sets I would learn from playing the different sports which would help me with the sport that I ended up specializing in, which was football when I went to college. Today, I am going into my 19th season and I am still drawing on the skills I learned from playing different sports.
Play sports because you love it, because you are having fun.
Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. Each level you step up, you will play
Brooke Kentera:: I want to piggyback off that and ask you for your thoughts on the pressure put on young athletes to be committed to just one sport. You are an advocate for playing as many youth sports as possible?
Drew Brees: I think we are becoming way too specialized. There is pressure on kids to get locked into one sport. Maybe it is because parents are told recruiting starts so young … but we don’t need kids to be specializing in one sport in second or third grade.
The cream will rise to the top.
I am a firm believer in playing as many sports as possible for as long as possible.
Brooke Kentera: Why become a significant investor of this organization? What appeals to you most?
Drew Brees: Surf is an organization that helps kids develop life lessons through sports.
Sports have played a huge role in my life and I’m thrilled about joining and sharing my energy and experiences with the leadership team. Surf Sports is the perfect partner for me and my family, and I believe our impact and reach will extend well beyond our local community as Surf already hosts several powerful events, locally as well as nationwide and provides a great experience for families.
Did you know?
Brees has set the record for NFL career pass completions and career completion percentage. Brees was NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year in 2004 after a catastrophic shoulder injury, the Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2011, and the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV. In 2010, Sports Illustrated named Brees its Sportsman of the Year.
For more than 42 years, Surf Sports has been one of the founding organizations in elite youth soccer. With more than $8 Million in charitable donations, Surf Sports generates more than $185 million in annual economic
San Diego’s Surf is nationally renowned for its beautiful soccer fields, event management, high-quality coaching, and developing countless professional, collegiate and youth national team players. Its teams have won 11 National Championships and has more than 1,000 kids enrolled in its programs locally and another 15,000 nationwide through its affiliated clubs.
Brees has also accepted a seat on the board of directors and is excited to bring new experiences and opportunities to young athletes.