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New Orleans Saints make decision on spring training at Greenbrier

As southern West Virginia is only in the beginning stages of attempting to recover  from the devastation of last weeks floods, sports are the last thing on most minds. Only a little over a week before their annual PGA Tour event the Greenbrier was forced to cancel due to the damage.

It was only logical to expect the New Orleans Saints to find a new home for their annual spring training camp which is also held at the Greenbrier. On June 24th NBCSports reported the Saints would possibly be staying in Louisiana for spring training this summer due to the heavy flooding in White Sulphur Springs. This report was based in part due to the press release from the Greenbrier stating the facility would be closed “until further notice”.
However, the Saints released the following statement Monday evening:

Plans remain to conduct training camp starting on July 27 at The Greenbrier

On behalf of our entire organization, we wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the West Virginians whose lives have been dramatically affected by the severe flooding the state has recently received. Unfortunately, our community is very familiar with the loss of life and property these weather disasters can cause and we are working to assist those affected, where we can.

We have maintained contact with officials at The Greenbrier and our plans remain to conduct training camp starting on July 27. We will continue to monitor the situation and look for ways that our team/organization can contribute in a positive way while we are there this summer. We will do this based on the direction of the local community and The Greenbrier, so that we are not adding to the burden of this difficult recovery.

It is evident that help and assistance is greatly needed across the state and in the immediacy we are working with the United Way to offer our assistance. We would encourage those that are interested in providing assistance to visit

 Further, when asked whether or not there was a “backup” plan if the Greenbrier was not available the Saints were quick to respond on social media

  While the outpouring of support for those affected by this tragedy has been enormous you can now add one more organization to that list, the New Orleans Saints.
Jeremy Simon
Founder and publisher of, Jeremy is also a contributor to USA Today as well as covers the Mountaineers for Athlon Sports. Follow on Twitter @JSi07
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