Feb. 10, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Sixteen Tulane volleyballers - as well as sand volleyball head coach Wayne Holly, assistant indoor volleyball coach Jaye Loyd and volleyball program coordinator Chelsey Richter - spent Sunday morning bettering the community in which they currently live by volunteering their time with the Youth Rebuilding New Orleans non-profit organization.
The group took part in working on the parquet and laminate flooring at a rebuild site on Alvar Street in the Upper Ninth Ward area of New Orleans. The home suffered significant damage during Hurricane Katrina eight-and-a-half years ago, and has been neglected since then.
"It was good for us to get out in the community and for our program," said Holly. "It brought attention to our volleyball programs and our university. Being involved in the community is consistent with what Tulane University wants from us. We had a good time, and we were able to turn a team-event into something that involved the community."
Tulane indoor volleyballers Amber Bennett, Miah Diirell, Lauren Etta, Ally Frank, Makenzie Frieden, Tea Juric, Amy Lanski, Cori Martone, Annie Shurtz, Sarah Strasner, Olivia Utt, Grace Weaver and Anna Wruck teamed up with the sand-only volleyball players in Hannah Holmes, Courtney Liddle and Jackie Wegner worked on a variety of tasks that had to do with the flooring of the home.
"I thought it was great," mentioned Frank. "It was a real bonding experience. We put in a lot of good work, but we still had fun with each other while doing a good thing at the same time."
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 Orleans' 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.
This is the third weekend that Tulane student-athletes have spent with YRNO in the last year.
For more information on Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, visit yrno.com.