Saints’ Greer to Celebrate Fathers in West Tennessee

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Fathers will be the focus when Jabari Greer of the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints comes to West Tennessee on Monday, Dec. 19. Greer will attend the graduation and banquet for the first class of The Greer Campaign's Fatherhood Program at 6:30 p.m. at the Double Tree in Jackson, Tenn. Limited seating is available for those who purchase tickets.

Jabari Greer of the New Orleans Saints

Jabari Greer of the New Orleans Saints

This first graduation class is comprised of fathers who are resilient and love their children. They are spending more time than ever with their children, whether they are married or single fathers.

Fathers will be the focus when Jabari Greer of the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints comes to West Tennessee on Monday, Dec. 19. Greer will attend the graduation and banquet for the first class of The Greer Campaign's Fatherhood Program at 6:30 p.m. at the Double Tree in Jackson, Tenn. Limited seating is available for those who purchase tickets ($25 for general seating or $50 for VIP seating, which includes a photo with Greer). Reservations are required before the semi-formal event, and all proceeds fund The Greer Campaign’s work with fathers. Information is available at http://www.thegreercampaign.org/fatherhood_graduation.php.

This first graduation celebrates fathers who have completed a 12-week, curriculum-based program. In addition to the support group they formed through the program, these fathers will receive support from The Greer Campaign for a year. Speaking on behalf of The Greer Campaign, Executive Director Sandy Stewart said, “This first graduation class is comprised of fathers who are resilient and love their children. They are spending more time than ever with their children, whether they are married or single fathers.”

The Campaign for Fatherhood recognizes the impact of fathers on the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual development of children. It begins with the father’s role in the family and ultimately reaches out to the community to make changes in our world. One example was the recent Turkey Hand-Off, where class members helped distribute 200 turkeys for men to share provide for their children. In speaking of impact, Stewart said, “While this campaign began in Jackson since it’s Jabari’s home, we’ve had interest from around the country. Our vision is that West Tennessee will be the birthplace of something that will help bring positive change to our entire nation.”

Greer graduated from Jackson’s South Side High School and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, where he was a three-year starter at cornerback for the Vols and a track and field record holder. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills in 2004 and became a starter for the Saints in 2009, the same season the New Orleans team won the Super Bowl. A father of four, he is passionate about supporting fatherhood — encouraging dads who are single or married to take active, loving, involved roles in their children’s lives. The Greer Campaign was established as a nonprofit in 2009 to serve fathers and families.

The Greer Campaign’s mission is to foster community involvement and family enrichment. The non-profit has four campaigns: the Campaign for Fathers, the Campaign for Kids, the Campaign for Communities and the Campaign for Change. More information is available at thegreercampaign.org. The next class for fathers will be held Feb. 6 through April 23. To serve as a mentor or enroll in one of the programs, email sandy(at)thegreercampaign(dot)org.

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