Players, cheerleaders and volunteers didn’t let gloomy weather stop them from spreading some cheer during the Sugar Bowl. They teamed up with Sankofa Community Development Wednesday morning to clean up trash and prepare a community garden in a Lower Ninth ward neighborhood.
Cheerleader Zachary Dever said, “It’s been a tradition for the past couple of years to do a volunteer project at each of the communities that we go to for each of the bowl games and lucky enough we have been successful to go to bowl games.”
Spencer Scruggs may be with the Louisville student government association, but he couldn’t agree more with the competition. “We love doing service and so this was the perfect opportunity and you know, to help the community because it’s all about getting New Orleans much better for the future and we’re here, so why not?”
Florida cheerleader Tarin Moses explains, “We’ve been clearing out some sticks over here, some people have been picking up trash and we’re gonna kind-of lay it out to build a vegetable garden here to help the kids in the community and they actually get to run it later, the kids in the local schools.”
However, it wasn’t just trash and trash bags out there Wednesday, but there was plenty of friendly trash talk going on as well! A team effort to bring new life and a healthy future to a neighborhood hit hard by Hurricane Katrina.