Dec 16, 2010
By George Mauzy
Ohio University students and alumni who travel to Louisiana for Saturday's R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl will have a busy weekend.
Ohio University Student Affairs has asked them to participate in a community service project on Saturday morning in the New Orleans Gentilly District.
The volunteers will help build a new playground in an area that was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Several Ohio University football players will help unload the new playground equipment at the site on Thursday. The football team also will visit a New Orleans children's hospital on Thursday.
In a letter to students who signed up to attend the bowl game, Vice President for Student Affairs Kent J. Smith promised that the one-day service project will be "hands-on, engaging and a whole lot of fun."
"Two of our most important OHIO values are commitment and community," Smith wrote. "I am asking you to represent these values and commit to supporting the New Orleans community while you are in town. Thank you in advance for making our trip to New Orleans a successful one for OHIO and for the City of New Orleans."
Marching 110 to perform at New Orleans police fundraiser
While OHIO students and alumni are building a new playground in New Orleans on Saturday, the Ohio University Marching 110 will be entertaining the crowd and participants at the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation's Race Against Crime 5K. The proceeds will benefit the New Orleans police districts.
The 215-member Marching 110 will join its counterpart, the Troy University "Sound of the South," in playing the national anthem and various songs during the Saturday morning fundraiser in downtown New Orleans. The bands also will play at the bowl game luncheon at noon on Friday and during the football game on Saturday.
"The band is so excited about traveling to New Orleans because it is so far off our radar, and we have never performed here before," said Marching 110 Director Richard Suk. "We are so thankful for this opportunity to support the football team."
The Bobcat football team will play the Troy University Trojans at 9 p.m. EST, Saturday in the 10th annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. The Bobcats have received three bowl game bids in the past five seasons under Head Coach Frank Solich.