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Day Three - Student-Athletes Building Homes

At the NFL Youth Education Town Boys and Girls Club

At the NFL Youth Education Town Boys and Girls Club

Jan. 12, 2012

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NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana - Boston College student-athletes from several teams have embarked on an annual Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) trip to New Orleans in order to help build homes in the areas most affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Each day of their journey, one student-athlete will be posting a blog about that day's adventures. Continue reading below for Day Three's entry and keeping checking back this week for a new posting each day.

By: Jack Linehan, Junior, Track/Field

Our third day in Nola has come to a close and we are all riding a huge high after a day of hard work and a delicious Louisiana dinner! We awoke bright and early, anxious to get to our sites. As much as we are enjoying just being down here in this great city, there is a greater feeling of excitement that I believe emanates from all of us. I think it comes from the knowledge that our work is truly helping other people. It isn't like some obscure charity that we are sending money off to; it is real, physical labor. It is progress that we can see.

After another delicious breakfast and hastily-made turkey sandwiches, we departed from the mission and set off for our sites. My group had another productive day of sanding and mudding, a seemingly monotonous task that has been made fun by our funny, outgoing group members. 

At our worksite, a group of Mennonites is working on the siding on the outside of the house. Ryan Dunn (men's soccer) spoke with a member of their group today during lunch and discovered many interesting things about their culture, but also noted they are extremely hard workers and hardly have any free time.

I think we could all agree that the best part of the day was when we went to the NFL Youth Education Town Boys and Girls Club. Although we went there last year, seeing all those kids running around, smiling, without a care on their minds, never gets old. We left there with huge smiles and some of us with upset stomachs from spinning the kids around countless times!

We ended the night with an incredible Cajun-style dinner at Jacque- Imos. It was the first time a lot of us had alligator, which was a pleasant surprise. It tasted a lot like chicken!

We are now goofing around in the room down the hall playing "bananagrams." Another great day in the books and we are pumped for what is left to come!

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