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Day 4: Devlin S-AFE Service Trip in New Orleans

Tyler King

Tyler King

Jan. 11, 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.

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Day Four: Tyler King, men's track and field/cross country

Our house is finally starting to look like, well, a house. Three days ago, we walked in to a house that had an interior that was was nothing but the frames. Today when we left most of the walls were dry walled. You can no longer see from room to room to room. It has been really gratifying to see the progress we have been making.

We were fortunate enough to get some extra assistance today from some Tulane student-athletes. Our labor has been consistently divided across the rooms in the house, and each group was joined by one or two Tulane students. Not only were they very helpful as a source of manpower, but it was very interesting to hear their perspective on New Orleans, the recovery from Katrina and even what it's like being a college student in such a vibrant and unique city.

We also got our first taste of truly inclement weather, as much of the surrounding area was under a flash flood watch for the morning hours and we even got a tornado warning just before noon! Fortunately, we were never in any real danger, but the rain forced us to stay inside this afternoon when we visited a local Boys and Girls club. We may not have gotten to play basketball outside, but the kids got more help on their homework than they would have otherwise. I guess there's a silver lining to everything.

To finish off our day, we went to visit our new Tulane friends at their women's basketball game. They were generous enough to provide food and drinks for us in one of their suites, and Anthony Bellitti [track and field] got to participate in one of their on-court contests during a timeout. Sadly, he lost. The game was a close one, but we had to leave early to rest up for our final day of construction.

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