Robert Royal Joins Rebuilding Together in New Orleans for Toolbelts+Tailgates at the 18th Annual Super Bowl Sanctioned Project, Kickoff to Rebuild

LSU All American and NFL player Robert Royal joins Rebuilding Together’s 18th Annual Kickoff to Rebuild as a volunteer and as a celebrity judge for our inaugural Toolbelts+Tailgates, which brings together football fans and Rebuilding Together volunteers. Tailgaters will cook lunch for volunteers working on 10 homes in the West Bank neighborhood of McClendonville in Algiers. Robert Royal and judges will “crown” a winning tailgater with a Championship Toolbelt loaded with grilling supplies.

About Robert Royal

Robert Shelton Royal, born May 15th 1979, is native to New Orleans Louisiana. He graduated from Edna Karr High School in 1997 where he was a standout in football and basketball. Robert received an athletic scholarship to Louisiana State University, where he was named All American in 2001 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, graduating in 2002. Robert was drafted during the 5th round in 2002 by the Washington Redskins, where he played tight end for four years. Following his successful career with the Washington Redskins, Robert signed a five year contract with the Buffalo Bills in 2006 as a free agent. While in Buffalo, Robert gave back to his community, donating free meals to youth and disabled veterans. In 2009, Robert signed a four year deal with the Cleveland Browns where he continued to make a strong impact in the community by creating the “Royal Kingdom” which provided Cleveland Browns game tickets and meals to Cleveland youth.

Through Robert’s foundation, a 501©(3) which focuses on improving the lives of young people in his hometown of New Orleans, Royal holds the T.E.A.M. P.H.I.T Kidz Football and Cheer Camp. T.E.A.M stands for Together Everyone Achieves More. The work ethic, positive attitude, determination and dedication he has brought to his foundation, teammates and everyone in his life truly makes Robert a positive influence and a leader. The T.E.A.M camp event has been a great success and is growing with more attendees each year. Robert also donates his time to other players’ charity organizations by helping out with the Santana Dotson Foundation, George Wilson S.A.F.E.T.Y Foundation and Abe Elam Foundation.

About Toolbelts+Tailgates

Join us Friday, February 1 from 1PM – 3PM during Rebuilding Together’s Kickoff to Rebuild in the West Bank neighborhood of McClendonville as we crown our first annual Official Tailgater of Kickoff to Rebuild. Professional and amateur Tailgate Chefs grill up their best recipes to feed our 300 hungry volunteers. Local dignitaries and celebrities will pick one grillmaster to receive the Championship Toolbelt. Everyone is invited to join us, make a donation, and sample the offerings for themselves.

About Kickoff to Rebuild

Kickoff to Rebuild is an annual NFL sanctioned charity event hosted by Rebuilding Together for the past 18 years. We partner with the NFL in Super Bowl cities, rebuilding houses and bringing together neighborhoods. In February 2013, we will mobilize hundreds of volunteers, past and present NFL members and players, celebrities, and partners to renovate 10 homes in McClendonville. Kickoff to Rebuild is the only Super Bowl sanctioned service project place on the West Bank of New Orleans. For more information, including photos and video from last year, and a list of current partners, visit: www.rebuildingtogether.org/ktr2013

About Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 200 local affiliates complete 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of nearly 200,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us — visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.

About Rebuilding Together New Orleans

Rebuilding Together New Orleans, a local affiliate of Rebuilding Together, Inc. has restored and revitalized more than 1,300 homes over the past 24 years in the New Orleans area. Utilizing volunteer labor, Rebuilding Together New Orleans helps low-income families in communities across the city live in comfort, safety, and dignity. Rebuilding Together New Orleans is a program of the Preservation Resource Center, an organization devoted to promoting the preservation, restoration, and revitalization of New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.RTNO.org.