More than 400 students, faculty, staff and community members from both schools volunteered to improve the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana, located at 1140 South Broad Street in New Orleans. The project was coordinated by LSU Campus Life and UA Community Service Center.
Volunteers spent the afternoon working to improve the club’s facilities, through painting, upkeep of the baseball fields as well as beautification of other sites in the surrounding neighborhoods. The project began at noon with a spirited kick-off ceremony featuring officials from both LSU and Alabama, their respective cheerleading squads, Mike the Tiger and a special thank you from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Volunteers also received a free lunch, as well as a “Building Champions through Service” shirt.
Additionally, members of the Tiger football team arrived at the Boys and Girls Club to help construct a football field.
“Building Champions through Service” is the third joint community service project between the University of Alabama and LSU over the course of nine months.
Originally stemming from the tornado that affected Tuscaloosa on April 27, the partnership has grown to highlight the reciprocal and mutual beneficial nature of service. Previous projects include a donation drive and a trip to Tuscaloosa to help in the rebuilding efforts during LSU fall break.
Updates about the “Building Champions through Service” project can be found at www.lsu.edu/campuslife. For more information on “Building Champions through Service,” please contact Josh Dean, assistant director of Campus Life, at 225-578-5160 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.