NEW ORLEANS – Two New Orleans entities benefitted from some community service work last Friday, July 18, as Tulane Green Wave student-athletes visited KIPP Believe and Second Harvest Food Bank.
The work done by the student-athletes is a continuation of a community service initiative that the Tulane athletic department has committed to participating in around the Greater New Orleans area every Friday of the summer.
A majority of the student-athletes who participated in Friday’s activities headed down to KIPP Believe’s new campus on South Carrollton Ave. to do some renovations to the campus. Football’s Jamar Thomas, Logan Hamilton, Richard Allen, Sherman Badie, Matthew Bailey, Kedrick Banks, Eric Bell, Eric Bowie, Aaron Bryant, Tristan Cooper, Glen Cuiellette, Leonard Davis, Andrew DiRocco, Sean Donnelly, Lorenzo Doss, Braynon Edwards, Dontrell Hilliard, Luke Jackson, Devon Johnson, Charles Jones, Royce LaFrance, John Leglue, Donnie Lewis, Stephon Lofton, Sergio Medina, Parry Nickerson, Alex Paul, Andre Robinson, Kenneth Santa Marina, Trey Scott, Nathan Shienle, Nate Skold, Tanzel Smart, Casey Spinelli, Chris Taylor, Calvin Thomas, Eldrick Washington and Peter Woullard were joined by men’s basketball’s Keith Pinckney and baseball’s Sam Martin, Jackson Johnson and Brady Wilson as they performed a variety of renovations to the campus. Many of the student-athletes disposed of old furniture and materials to make room for new accommodations that they unloaded from trucks and brought into the campus.
The mission of KIPP is to create a respected, influential and national network of public schools that are successful in helping students from educationally underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, character and habits need to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond.
Out in Elmwood, Associate Athletic Director/SWA Sue Bower took a group solely comprised of football student-athletes to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Brandon LeBeau, Tanner Lee, Nico Marley, Darion Monroe, Taurean Nixon, Devin Powell, Josh Rounds, Jason Stewart, Lazedrick Thompson, Arturo Uzdavinis, Fudge Van Hooser, Kyle Davis, Anthony Taylor, Xavier Rush and Richard Carthon – who pulls double-duty as a student-athlete as he also stars for the baseball team – had to don long pants and sweatshirts in the middle of the summer, which was a nice change of pace from the hot weather the team has conditioned in throughout June and July. The group itemized and categorized donated food while in a cooler that was set around 60 degrees, hence the warm clothing.
The Second Harvest Food Bank of New Orleans and Acadiana hopes to lead the fight against hunger and build food security in south Louisiana by providing food access, advocacy, education and disaster response.
“With only one more community service event remaining, Tulane student-athletes continue to make a huge impact around the Greater New Orleans area,” stated Tulane ASC senior academic counselor Charlotte Battiest. “We will end our community service here on campus by hosting a Health and Wellness Fair from 2-4pm at the LBC Quad next Friday. The focus will be on educating the youth about nutrition and exercise.”