Eagles legend Westbrook joins effort to add changing tables to men's bathrooms

Andrew Kramer
October 27, 2019 - 4:30 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Former Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook can break tackles and catch footballs, as all Birds fans know.

But off the field, there's a challenge he and many dads like him often face that forces them to call an audible.

"It's all about me and my kids going into a men's bathroom and not having a changing table there," he said. "I end up changing my kids on my lap in the bathroom on the toilet, and it's a mess."

Pampers began an initiative earlier this year to put 5,000 changing tables in men's rooms across the country over the next few years.

Westbrook helped install a changing table in the bathroom of a barber shop in Philadelphia's Powelton Village neighborhood. 

"Just trying to make everyone aware of the initiative and understand that men have to change Pampers, too," said Westbrook. "We don't want to change Pampers on our lap inside of a bathroom."

The effort started from a social media post by Philadelphia native Donte Palmer.

"I posted a picture about a year ago of me changing my small son, Liam — he's 2 now — changing him in a restroom without a changing table," he explained. "Literally about eight hours later, it went globally viral and got the attention of Pampers."

He then partnered with the company to begin this initiative.

"This is really going to add a great resource to thousands upon thousands of fathers across the country," added Palmer.

Westbrook was one of a handful of notable NFL names to join the effort.

"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," he said. "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."