Sideline Pass with Jennifer Hale


One of my greatest joys in life is the work that Sideline Pass does in the Greater New Orleans community. We’re a group of women who believe we can positively impact the next generation of female New Orleans leaders through education, outreach and opportunity. We have a few signature events. Our Scholarship Soiree sends an academically deserving, but financially disadvantaged, young woman to a private high school here in the Greater New Orleans area. We host a Holiday Toy Drive for children living in foster care and in shelters across South Louisiana.
That’s coming up, by the way, so mark your calendars! We’re kicking off the Toy Drive with a Saints Watch Party on Thursday, Nov. 29th, at Canal Place. We’ll have free food, multiple big screen TVs with the Saints vs the Cowboys game, celebrity guests and Santa! Admission is free, with the donation of a holiday gift for a child or teen in need. We hope you’ll join us to cheer on our Saints and make the holidays bright for children who might not otherwise receive a gift!
Our most recent Sideline Pass event is one of our favorites – something we’ve been doing since we first became an organization five years ago. Literally, our first Sideline Pass event was to equip our Girls on the Run scholarship athletes for the upcoming season. Now, every fall, we take scholarship athletes wanting to participate in Girls on the Run shopping for new athletic shoes and socks.
Sideline Pass loves supporting the Girls on the Run organization because it builds self-esteem, work ethic, determination and character in 3rd-8th graders through a 10-week running program and service project. Each team’s training culminates with a 5k at the end of the semester. While the girls are running each day, they’re also learning important messages about valuing themselves, coping with social pressures, giving back to others and working hard to accomplish a goal, even when things are tough. At the end of each semester, the teams at every school with a Girls on the Run chapter, along with the public, run a 5k race all together. The next Girls on the Run 5k is coming up on Saturday, November 17th. Please consider walking, jogging or running this important 5k. Your support of this amazing organization is truly life changing for many of the young women who participate.
Sideline Pass is proud to support the scholarship athletes who may not otherwise have access to running shoes. However, it’s important to note that one of my favorite things about Girls on the Run is that there are chapters in many schools, regardless of economic level. I love that these girls all run together at the end of the semester in this 5K, learning from each other and about each other.
The ladies of Sideline Pass are honored to have been able to help students from three Girls on the Run scholarship sites get their running shoes and socks for this semester so that they can participate fully and safely! We had a pizza party fundraiser during the Saints Pre-Season at Louisiana Pizza Kitchen Uptown. A huge thanks to Rob Gerhardt for donating the proceeds from that dinner to our shopping trip! Former Saints player Roman Harper and his wife Heather also donated to this cause through their foundation, Harper’s Hope. Former Saint, Robert Meacham, came out to take photos and sign autographs for fans. The Shoe Carnival location on the Westbank was so kind to host us and offer us a generous discount so that we could provide more athletes with proper footwear for the season. There’s nothing better than a community coming together for a wonderful cause. Thank you everyone! And best of luck to our Girls on the Run athletes – have a great season ladies!

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