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Day 2: Devlin S-AFE Service Trip in New Orleans

Junior Ryan Dunn

Junior Ryan Dunn

Jan. 9, 2013

Twenty two Boston College student-athletes traveled to New Orleans as part of the Devlin S-AFE Service Immersion Trip to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Each day, a student-athlete will blog about the experience.

Day Two: Ryan Dunn, men's soccer

It was a big day today for the BC service squad. We started it bright and early once again with a home-cooked Southern breakfast made by James and Jean, two of the nicest people you'll ever meet and the Annunciation Mission house cooks. Then we threw on our work clothes and headed back to the Lower Ninth Ward to continue working on our home.

Our volunteer coordinator Claire greeted us with a new challenge of starting to drywall today after finishing the installation of the insulation ahead of schedule yesterday. I think Claire is a little blown away with how quickly we work as athletes (Big thanks to the BC weight room staff! Strength and fitness have all come into play down here). We divided and conquered to start dry walling the ceilings and by the end of the work day, the majority of the ceilings were covered both upstairs and downstairs. We may be working quickly, but we did learn a few things along the way. Most importantly, although we're pretty strong, our collective measuring skills still need some work.

After autographing the drywall and leaving our mark on the house, we were off to Lake Castle Academy, one of the more impressive middle schools you'll ever see. We visited with the sixth through eighth graders to talk about what it means to be a Boston College student-athlete. Some tough questions like, "What is field hockey?" and "What do you want to be when you grow up?" followed and all of the athletes, mostly [track and field's] Anthony Bellitti, answered them with grace and class. The people at Lake Castle were nice enough to provide us with a New Orleans specialty of shrimp, catfish and oyster po-boys. After stuffing our faces and a few quick "selfies," we were on our way back to the Mission. The ride home from Lake Castle took us across one of the longest bridges in the United States, nearly 25 miles across Lake Pontchartrain.

We finished up our night with some free time and a chance to explore the French Quarter. We went to the world famous Café Du Monde and ordered beignets and hot chocolate as a group. We split up from here with half going to a jazz concert and the other half braving the rainy elements to navigate the countless souvenir shops on Bourbon Street. For those who hadn't seen it before, Bourbon Street was a bit of an eye-opening experience.

Today was a great mix of work and play, but it's off to bed early for us as we have another busy day of work tomorrow.

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