Feb. 6, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Over 25 student-athletes from Tulane University and Boston College partnered to help rebuild a home in hurricane-ravaged St. Bernard Parish by working with the St. Bernard Project in early January.
Green Wave student-athletes Brian Lozes (track and field), Jordan Sullen (football), Emerson Gibbs (baseball), Matt Braud (baseball), Michael Villasin (cross country and track and field), Caryn Wong (bowling) and Kelly Doucette (bowling) spent two days with Tulane Associate Athletic Director Sue Bower, 22 Boston College student-athletes and three Boston College supervisors hanging drywall in a house that has not been inhabited since Hurricane Katrina struck the region in August 2005.
While working on the house, the student-athletes were introduced to the homeowner, who has not returned to St. Bernard Parish since Hurricane Katrina. Participating in the event made an impact on all those involved.
"It meant a lot to me because I've never done anything like that before," stated Braud, a freshman from River Ridge, La. "All of those Boston College athletes put a lot of effort into it, and they loved it. Being from around here, my house was not damaged, thankfully. But it was fun for me because I got to help, and I got to talk to the BC athletes about what went on around here during that time."
For the second straight year, the two athletic departments partnered to work through the St. Bernard Project - an award-winning rebuilding, nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure that disaster-impacted communities recover in a prompt, efficient, and predictable way. The student-athletes had the opportunity to make a difference in a community that has suffered through one of the worst storms of all-time.
Both of the athletic department's community outreach programs are funded by Bob and Kate Devlin - the namesake of Devlin Fieldhouse.