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Welcome to Devon's Den Blog, a place where Devon Walker and the Tulane Athletics Family will provide updates on the Devon's Den project as well as Devon's progress. Well wishes, prayers and messages of support for Devon continue to flow in from around the world as he continues his journey and are much appreciated by Devon and his family.
Devon Walker, a senior member of the Green Wave Football team majoring in biochemistry, sustained a severe spinal cord injury while playing in the Tulane vs. Tulsa football game in Tulsa, Okla., on September 8, 2012. Devon's Den is a privately funded project providing needed materials and services for an addition of a bedroom and bathroom to the Walker home in Destrehan, La. To date Devon's injuries require comprehensive 24-hour care.
If you would like to send Devon a message, letter, card and/or donation, please mail it to:
DEVON WALKER FUND
TULANE UNIVERSITY #1818
6823 ST CHARLES AVE
NEW ORLEANS, LA 70118
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As Sean Payton spoke to a crowd of reporters after a rookie camp practice Saturday, he looked to his left and motioned for someone to join him. In rolled paralyzed former Tulane safety Devon Walker, operating a motorized wheelchair with his mouth and smiling with his eyes.
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November 15, 2013
Tulane volleyball is having one of the best seasons in program history, and with Devlin Fieldhouse sure to be packed against an in-state Conference USA opponent in Louisiana Tech, the Green Wave have asked that fans pay tribute to Walker, a former Green Wave football player who was injured in a game at Tulsa last season.
Donations will be accepted at the entrances of Devlin Fieldhouse, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Devon's Den, a privately funded project providing needed materials and services for the care of Walker.
In addition to fans wearing their white Walker shirts, the Tulane Green Wave gift shop will have new Devon Walker merchandise on sale. Proceeds from merchandise sales also go towards Devon's Den.
October 29, 2013
This past weekend was a special one, capped off with a 14-7 victory over Conference USA West Division rival Tulsa on Saturday--a team the Green Wave hadn't beaten as conference opponents. On the eve of that game was something more amazing, the dedication of Devon's Den, which was completed in August of 2013. It was an intimate setting of those who were major benefactors to Devon and his Den, and it was truly a wonderful night with friends and family. Thank you to Rick and Brenda Dickson, Larry Gibbs and Gibbs Construction, Robert and Cathy West, John and Laura Williams and the entire Williams Architects team including Terry Parker, Juan Lara, Lindsey Madary, and Rachel Smith.
We'd also like to give a special shout out to FAU Athletics and their SAAC team. FAU may be our foe on the football field this weekend for 4 quarters in 60 minutes, but we'd like to give a special thank you to the Owls. They will be taking donations for Devon Walker and Devon's Den at the door when they host Tulane on Saturday. Again, Thank You to the FAU Owls!
Tulane Athletics, SAAC Look to White-Out Campus on Homecoming Weekend for Devon Walker
Tulane student-athletes and members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) continue to celebrate Devon Walker's return to school this semester. In an effort to raise awareness for Devon and his cause, each of the Green Wave's student-athletes, along with TU's SAAC group, are asking the campus and all Tulane students, staff and faculty to show support by sporting Devon Walker gear on Friday, Oct. 4 and during the homecoming game against North Texas on Saturday, Oct. 5.
The goal is to make a grass roots level movement by selling Devon Walker T-shirts, new bumper stickers, bracelets, etc. on the quad during the week prior to the Homecoming weekend. Tulane student-athletes will be posting this information on Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites and are asking others to pass along this information.
A table will be set up on the quad with Devon Walker items, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 2, through Friday, Oct. 4. Items available for purchase include t-shirts, bumper stickers and bracelets. The items will also be sold at the Superdome during the homecoming game.
To purchase Devon's new bumper stickers, please contact Caroline Thornton: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Devon's Den is Complete! Devon will move in to his new digs next week. Take a look. Pretty amazing, and we'd like to thank everyone that was involved in making this a reality!
September 23, 2013
Devon's Den is almost complete! Take a look at the latest progress and Devon with the Williiams Architects team.
September 10, 2013
In case you missed the full feature, here is the video piece ESPN aired on College GameDay about Devon
ESPN came to Tulane's campus to interview Devon, his teammates, family and friends about that football game on September 8, 2012 in Tulsa. The feature will air on ESPN's College GameDay this Saturday, September 7. Here is the trailer. The Tulane family will always have Devon in our prayers. Stay strong, Devon!
August 27, 2013
We'd like to extend a BIG thanks to Dat Dog and everyone who came out yesterday to support. Devon was all smiles and hopes you had a chance to enjoy one of his Devon's Dogs, a beef dog topped with chili, shredded cheese, onions and bacon. This dog is a commitment to food right here.
Devon had his first class back at Tulane today since his injury and is eager to back in the books. Here he is on campus with good friend and former teammate Jacob Davis. Best wishes this semester!
August 15, 2013
We're just two weeks away from the start of the Tulane Football season! Check out who came to visit Devon before camp started in Late July... all of the defensive backs, new and old.
Also, Devon's Den is almost finished, check out the interior and exterior
July 24, 2013
Ok everyone! We've got your dinner plans covered on Monday, August 26th!
Dat Dog is going to donate 10% of all sales from 1-7pm to Devon Walker and the Devon's Den project.
Inaugural First Down Divas Football Clinic for Devon's Den an Overwhelming Success
Standing room only group learns football from the Pros; Contributes to Devon Walker Fund
Former Tulane football player Devon Walker was all smiles and took center stage in the inaugural First Down Divas Football Clinic on June 11 at The Crystal Palace in Harvey, La. Walker, who was accompanied by his family, answered questions from the media and enjoyed a night filled with great football stories and trivia.
A standing room only crowd of 300 women joined Tulane head football coach Curtis Johnson and his wife Angel, as well as, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, assistant head coach Joe Vitt and players Lance Moore, Marques Colston, Jonathan Vilma, Cameron Jordan, Victor Butler, Will Smith and Malcolm Jenkins.
For nearly three hours, the group enjoyed great food, a silent auction, videos, music and finally a very in depth question-and-answer session with coaches Johnson, Payton and Vitt and each of the Saints players.
All proceeds from the event went to the Devon Walker Fund for the completion of Devon's Den, a privately funded project providing needed materials and services for an addition of a bedroom and bathroom to the Walker home in Destrehan, La.
A senior member of the Green Wave Football team, majoring in biochemistry, Devon sustained a severe spinal cord injury while playing in the Tulane vs. Tulsa footb'all game in Tulsa, Okla., on Sept. 8, 2012. To date Devon's injuries require comprehensive 24-hour care.
July 3, 2013
Happy Fourth of July everyone! We've got some great updates to share with you! First of all congratulations to the Walker family and their new addition, Reagan Amari Bender. Here is Devon with his new niece. She was born June 17th. A big Congratulations to the Walker family from everyone here at Tulane.
And here's the latest from Devon's Den. You can see the interior is all set up with electricity, drywall and plumbing. On the second picture you can see the windows have been installed and they've started on the shingles. Again, a huge thanks to those who have donated to this project--particularly at this stage, CMC Dryall and Drywall Specialties for the drywall and insulation materials and installation at cost, Billiot Pest Control for donating termite treatment material and services, All Star Electric, Walter Zehner for structural engineering Services, Jeffrey Huseman for electrical engineering services, Titan Exteriors for roofing materials and labor, Amazing Doors & Windows for the window materials and labor,
June 19, 2013
At the end of July, Devon's Den will be complete. In just six more weeks! It's been an amazing sight to see how quickly everyone has turned this project into a reality. Here are the latest photos.
May 30, 2013
Recently, Eric Adelson from Yahoo! Sports paid Devon Walker a visit. Here, he writes his meeting with Devon and recounts Devon's infectious spirit and hope moving forward. Simply a beautiful and well-written story. Here is an excerpt from the story with quotes from AD Rick Dickson and Devon Walker himself...
Captured in Devon, and captured by Devon. "They give you the worst-case scenario, but there's always hope," Walker says. "I have all the hope in the world."
In Devon's Den news, we've got a foundations, ladies and gentlemen! We can start to see what the interior structure will be. Great job by everyone involved, Williams Architects and Gibbs Construction for overseeing the building and construction process and to Worthington Military Construction and Kellett Lumber for the frame work and lumber.
May 21, 2013
More news about Devon's Den! Special thanks to Tulane Football Head Coach Curtis Johnson, the entire Green Wave football family and the New Orleans Saints; all of them are teaming up together to bring you the inaugural First Down Divas Football Clinic and are donating the proceeds to the Devon's Den project. Amazing!
Coach CJ even got some of his buddies over at the Saints, head coach Sean Payton and Saints players Darren Sproles and Lance Moore, to come help out! The First Down Divas Women's Football Clinic is an opportunity for women to learn and further understand the game of football. Along with the Football 101 instruction from Green Wave coaching staff and Saints standouts, there will also be a live auction, door prizes, food and drinks.
And here's Coach CJ's Letter to you:
Dear Tulane Supporters:
I'm kicking off the 2013 Tulane football season with the inaugural First Down Divas Women's Football Clinic on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at The Crystal Palace in Harvey, LA from 6:00-9:00pm. The First Down Divas Women's Football Clinic is an opportunity for women to learn and further understand the game of football. Sean Payton, Darren Sproles and Lance Moore, of the New Orleans Saints, are our featured speakers along with a few other surprise guests! The evening will feature great food, beer, wine, champagne, a live auction and great door prizes. All proceeds will benefit the Devon Walker Fund, specifically Devon's Den.
As you may know, Tulane senior Devon Walker (#18) was injured this past season and will need ongoing medical care. We hope that with your generous support, we can help offset some of Devon's medical/living expenses. Devon's Den is the addition of a bedroom and bathroom to the Walker home in Destrehan, LA. The addition will include the technology necessary for Devon's health and safety as well as enable him to continue his course work at Tulane.
We appreciate your participation at any level.
Coach Curtis Johnson
May 21, 2013
Welcome back to the Devon's Den blog! Lafarge Concrete has generously donated the concrete for the foundation and take a look at the progress! Wow, things look amazing! What do you guys things? Send your well wishes to Devon and his family here and let them know what you think.
May 15, 2013
What progress we're making on Devon's Den! Take a look at the underground plumbing being installed thanks to Gallo Mechanical and then the foundation. CMC Rebar donated the materials and labor. Also, a big thanks to everyone for their help, donations and support. You can help Devon Walker and the Devon's Den project by donating here. No matter how big or how small, every little bit makes a big difference!
May 6, 2013
Williams Architects has played a significant role in the building of Devon's Den. Our gratitude and appreciation is unmatched and we are so thankful to have them help with this project. Check out the rendering they've created!
May 6, 2013
Welcome back to the Devon's Den Blog! First off we'd like to let everyone know that Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, LLC Law Firm features Devon Walker and Devon's Den as their non-profit for the entire month of May. Check out their community page.
Also, we have an update on the progress of Devon's Den! Here are a couple photos--one of the flat surface where the Den will be after demolition and one of the pile driving to set the foundation. Forty-six piles were completed on April 29th. Thanks to Howard Pile Driving for donating their services and for supporting Devon's Den. (pun intended!).
April 25, 2013
After everyone cleaned out the garage, Durr Heavy Construction demolished the garage. Check out the video! We're making great progress on Devon's Den
April 25, 2013
Before demolition, Bayou Tree Service came and cut down all the trees around the garage so they could make room for demolition and construction. One step closer to Devon's Den|
April 25, 2013
The opening stages of Devon's Den began March 27th when Tulane friends and family cleaned out the Walker's garage so it could be torn down for Devon's Den. Here are some photos!
Here is the garage that will be torn down in order to build Devon's Den and everyone cleaning it out
And here's the great crew who helped out that day! Thank you to everyone!!
April 25, 2013
In one of the firsts posts to Devon's Den Blog, we'd like to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who has given support through inspirational cards and fundraisers around Tulane's campus, the city of New Orleans and around the world. A list of events can be seen here and you can always send thoughts of encouragement to the Devon Walker Fund. Devon continues to work hard in his rehabilitation and is heartened by everyone's sincerity. Here's a photo of Devon with Steve Gleason from the New Orleans Saints and Team Gleason