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LSU and Alabama Come Together for "Building Champions through Service" Community Service Project in New Orleans

Volunteers worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana on Sunday


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On the day before the big game in the Big Easy, the Tigers and the Tide united to give a little something back to the city that is hosting them for the BCS National Championship Game.

LSU and the University of Alabama sponsored a joint community service project, "Building Champions through Service," on Sunday, Jan. 8, leading up to the Allstate BCS National Championship football game on Monday, Jan. 9. Students, faculty, staff and community members from both schools came together to improve the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana, located at 1140 South Broad Street in New Orleans. The project was coordinated by LSU Campus Life and UA Community Service Center.

An anticipated 400 volunteers spent the afternoon working to improve the club's facilities, through painting, upkeep of the baseball fields as well as beautification of other sites in the surrounding neighborhoods. The project began at noon with a spirited kick-off ceremony featuring officials from both LSU and Alabama, their respective cheerleading squads and mascots and a special thank you from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Stacy Head, New Orleans City Councilmember for District "B," in which the project took place.

Additionally, members of the Tiger football team arrived at the Boys and Girls Club and helped construct a football field, complete with painted LSU endzones and a BCS logo at midfield.

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Photos: Billy Gomila/University Relations & Martin McCallister/Sports Information

"Building Champions through Service" is the third joint community service project between the University of Alabama and LSU over the past nine months. Originally stemming from the tornado that affected Tuscaloosa on April 27, the partnership has grown to highlight the reciprocal and mutual beneficial nature of service. Previous projects include a donation drive and a trip to Tuscaloosa to help in the rebuilding efforts during LSU fall break.

With numerous media outlets from across the nation in town for the game, the event at the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana garnered attention, as reporters and photographers were on hand to chronicle the work of both fan bases.

LSU Campus Life seeks to enhance student learning through innovative leadership, service and involvement initiatives that enrich the LSU experience. Throughout the year, LSU Campus Life works with student leaders to design programs that increase students' civic engagement, as well as develop their skills and capacity to lead positive social change. For more information on LSU Campus Life, visit http://www.lsu.edu/campuslife/.

The mission of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana is to enable all young people from Southeast Louisiana, especially those who need it the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Boys & Girls Clubs of America collaborated with NFL Charities to establish the NFL-YET Club in New Orleans. The NFL has partnered with the local club to develop a site with life-changing programming provided by the innumerable benefits of being a partner with the NFL and New Orleans Saints.