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

Volunteers will work with the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana

12/14/2011 09:49 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU and the University of Alabama are sponsoring 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. More than 400 students, faculty, staff and community members from both schools will volunteer to improve the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana. The project is being coordinated by LSU Campus Life and UA Community Service Center.


Volunteers will spend the afternoon working to improve the club’s facilities, through painting, upkeep of the baseball fields, as well as beautification of the surrounding neighborhoods.  The project will begin at noon with a spirited kick-off ceremony and free lunch. Volunteers will also receive a free “Building Champions through Service” shirt. At around 12:45 p.m., volunteers will start working and will finish around 5 p.m. Transportation will not be provided to the service project site; however shuttle service may be added to provide ease in transportation from major hotel areas.


“Building Champions through Service” is the third joint community service project between the University of Alabama and LSU over the course of 9 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.


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.


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.


Updates about the “Building Champions through Service” project can be found at, including information when it comes available about shuttle service.            


For more information on “Building Champions through Service,” please contact Josh Dean, assistant director of Campus Life, at 225-578-5160 or at

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