Tyrann Mathieu is looking to give back to his hometown.
The Arizona Cardinals safety will be hosting a pair of events next month.
The first will be a football camp at Tad Gromley Stadium on June 4 for kids between the ages of 7 and 17. It is free to attend.
The other is a gala called “Hope for 2Morrow.” The gala is an annual event that supports local non-profits. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com and start at $80. The event will feature entrees from local restaurants and entertainment.
Mathieu was very vocal about the problems that face New Orleans residents after the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Will Smith. Due to the high rate of violence, the safety said he does not like to stick around for more than a few days.
“I went back home a few weeks ago to bury my grandmother. It’s just the vibe I got when I landed in New Orleans. The culture is absolutely different,” Mathieu said in a recent radio interview with Fox Sports Radio. “I fly in and I fly out of town. That’s how scared I am. And this is where I come from. I love my city to death. But it’s senseless.”
Mathieu said he believes the issues start with the youth, who aren’t receiving the resources and opportunities needed to succeed.