More than seven months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged much of the southeastern United States, Packers quarterback Brett Favre continues to help the relief effort.
Favre along with fellow Mississippi native, Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair, donated 20 checks, totaling $150,000 to help local football programs in south Mississippi purchase equipment and other staples of their programs destroyed during the Hurricane.
"We tried to do what we could to bring some joy," Favre said. "It will not be enough, but we're happy to help get these programs back and running. It will take a while for the coast to get back, but hopefully this will help some."
Their grants ranged between $1,500 and $5,000 with the NFL matching funds up to $5,000 to schools and nonprofit youth football organizations. To register for the grants, schools and youth leagues completed applications with the NFL Youth Football Fund.
The Brett Favre Fourward Foundation gave the money to four schools and one youth league in Hancock County and Mercy Cross High in Biloxi, Miss.
Favre and McNair, who previously collaborated on a recovery effort that included 20 semitrailers filled with baby formula, water, food and other supplies, brainstormed their recent contribution while doing a promotion for the Red Cross.
Favre, who lives in Hattiesburg, Miss. during the offseason, was personally affected by Katrina. The hurricane destroyed his childhood house in Kiln, Miss., and many of his possessions.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.