Talk about a clean hand-off.
Seven active or retired profession football fathers recently ran with the initiative of diaper giant Pampers to add 5,000 changing tables to public restrooms across North America.
The National Football League players lent a hand in seven U.S. cities last week by helping Pampers install Koala Kare changing tables at several locations. Some of locations in need had been suggested by City Dads Group members and their friends.
City Dads Group recently entered a partnership with Pampers to help the company reach its self-imposed deadline of 2021. To date, XXX changing tables have been installed.
Last week’s coordinated effort between Pampers and the player/dads was done in recognition of Make a Difference Day, a national day of volunteer community service annual held on the fourth Saturday of October. The NFL fathers who participated were :
- Sterling Shepard of the New York Giants
- Tevin Coleman of the San Francisco 49ers
- Marvin Jones Jr. of the Detroit Lions
- Brian Westbrook of the Philadelphia Eagles
- Derek Wolfe of the Denver Broncos
- Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears
- Dontari Poe of Charlotte’s Carolina Panthers
“Having the opportunity to help men, not just in Philadelphia, but all the major cities around this country, by adding changing tables, it’s very impactful,” Westbrooke, a retired running back, told KYW 1080 AM Newsradio. “It makes me feel great because you have an opportunity to help others. That’s really what all my life is about at this point.”
Westbrooke installed a changing table in the bathroom of a neighborhood barber shop in Philly while others tackled more widely used public places, adding tables to restrooms in major city parks, museums and even a zoo.
“I see so many dads struggle having somewhere to change their kids,” running back Coleman, a father of 2-year-old twins, told NBC Sports after putting a changing table in at the San Francisco Zoo. “I had a couple times where I had to change my kids in my trunk. It’s real hard to do those things.”
Pampers announced its commitment to adding more changing tables this past June as part of its #LoveTheChange campaign to help recognize the increased responsibility and role of modern fathers in day-to-day child care. According to a recent survey Pampers commissioned, nine out of 10 fathers have gone into a public restroom with a child to discover that it did not have a baby changing table.