Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, is the first active player in the NFL to have earned a Doctor of Medicine degree. Laurent, born in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, had already made history in 2014, when he became the 10th Canadian and the first Quebecer in 15 years to be drafted by an NFL team. His career to this point has been so unusual that the American daily the Kansas City Star called him “the most interesting man in the NFL.”
In addition to being recognized for his achievements in sports, Laurent also stands out for his philanthropic involvement in the areas of health, culture, and education with organizations and foundations such as the Fondation CHU Sainte-Justine, the Red Cross, the Jeux de Montréal, Papier 2019 art fair, and the Hooked on School Days program.
In 2017, Laurent’s desire to give back to his community and to be engaged with children led him to co-create the LDT Foundation with his life partner, Florence Dubé-Moreau, and a team of young and enthusiastic professionals.
Together, they want to develop innovative programs involving physical and artistic activities with the intention of inspiring the same passion for sports and arts in young people that they have. In 2019, the LDT Foundation is refocusing its mission around the idea of balance – so important to Laurent – with the objective of promoting the positive effects of synergy between physical and artistic activities to help children thrive.