Tulane Student-Athletes Help Rebuild House Through Youth Rebuilding New Orleans



Sept. 17, 2013

NEW ORLEANS - Eleven Tulane student-athletes spent part of their weekend bettering the community in which they currently live by volunteering their time with the Youth Rebuilding New Orleans non-profit organization on Sept. 16.

Emily Dvorak (Women's Tennis), Ipek Birol (Women's Tennis), Jack White (Men's Cross Country and Track and Field), Madison Smith (Women's Track and Field), Lilla McMillan (Women's Track and Field), Jao Chi-Shan (Men's Tennis), Sebastian Rey (Men's Tennis), Hunter Williams (Baseball), Hunter Hope (Baseball), Jake Willsey (Baseball) and Jake Rogers (Baseball) were led by associate athletic director and SWA Sue Bower and graduate assistant and former tennis player Caroline Thornton. The group worked on a variety of projects at a rebuild site on South Salcedo Street.

"It was such a pleasure to have student-athletes from Tulane who clearly wanted to be there and enjoyed the work," said Jack Styczynski of YRNO. "They zipped right through all the tasks. It will be great to have them back."

Smith and McMillan donned glasses and masks as they sanded the fireplace inside the home on the property. Birol and Dvorak laid sod on the barren ground after Rey, White and Chi-Shan used saws to clear debris from the yard. Hope, Willsey, Williams and Rogers leveled the shovels while also using jackhammers to destroy remaining cement from an old walkway.

YRNO is a non-profit volunteer organization created and organized by the youth of New Orleans. The organization's efforts are directed at bettering the lives of New Orlean's youth. Many young people who wanted to volunteer to help rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina were turned away by other non-profits because of the liability associated with reconstruction work. Instead of accepting this rejection, a committed group of teenagers decided they would find a way to help the New Orleans community recover.

For more information on Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, visit yrno.com.