NEW ORLEANS - The numbers have been tallied and the hours have been counted. Over the course of the summer, Tulane's student-athletes completed 734 total hours of community service at 17 events around the Greater New Orleans area.
Each Friday throughout the summer months, the Green Wave student-athletes took to the streets of New Orleans and the surrounding communities. It was part of a community-service initiative put in place by Tulane ASC senior academic counselor Charlotte Battiest and her team in order to instill those student-athletes still around during the summer with a sense of purpose and pride.
Coinciding with the community service events that hundreds of Green Wave student-athletes took part in over the last two months, many also spent time sitting in on lectures from guest speakers, learning important life skills from professionals in a variety of fields.
While Tulane's student-athletes have always committed to spending time in the community whenever their studies and athletic schedules allow it, the effort put together by Battiest and her team was one of the finest ever seen by the Tulane athletic department.
"Overall, the summer programming, which consisted of Athlete Essentials 101 and 201 and community service events was phenomenal," stated Battiest. "These programs have so much potential and we are expecting them to get better every year. A special thank you goes out to Wendy LeBlanc and Meredith Krall, who coordinated the AE 101 programming for freshmen. I'd also like to thank the Executive Staff members who assisted Israel Route and I with coordinating AE 201 for upperclassmen. Also, thank you to Sue Bower, Caroline Thornton, and Israel Route for their hard work coordinating the community service projects. Finally, I would like to thank Rick Dickson for supporting the vision of Tulane Athletics and its partnership with the university's mission. The programming was successful and we look forward to doing it again next year."
Over the course of the summer, hundreds of Tulane student-athletes spent countless hours performing community service with a variety of local non-profit organizations, such as KIPP Believe, the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Tulane Cancer Center, the NFL Youth Education Town, the New Orleans Museum of Art, Bridge/Grace House, Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, Children's Hospital New Orleans, Green Light New Orleans, the St. Paul's Homecoming Center. Some Tulane student-athletes even participated in community service on and around Tulane's Uptown campus. The Green Wave student-athletes wrapped up their summer by holding a health and wellness fair on the LBC Quad for many of the campers and children they visited with in the community throughout the summer.