Press release provided by New Orleans Bowl
NEW ORLEANS, La (KLFY) – Players and coaches from Marshall University and the University of Louisiana participated in a day of service at eight sites in Greater New Orleans ahead of the R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl game on Saturday, December 18. The day of service allows players from both teams to reflect, interact with and give back to the local community before the game.
“There is a great responsibility among athletes to contribute to the communities in which they play through volunteering,” said R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl President Paul Valteau, Jr. “When we look at it, teamwork in our communities is similar to teamwork in the field, and when we work together we can achieve our goals on and off the field.
Two flagship organizations that teams have volunteered with this year are the Louisiana Special Olympics and LCMC Children’s Hospital. During the day of service, athletes from Marshall University took part in a punt, pass and kick session with the Louisiana Special Olympics at the Caesars Superdome, while athletes from the University of Louisiana visited patients of LCMC Children’s Hospital.
Players and coaches have also volunteered for ARC GNO, Pontchartrain Conservancy, Habitat for Humanity, Sunrise Senior Living, LASPCA Animal Rescue, and Camp Restore in New Orleans East for the Hurricane Ida storm cleanup.
Now in his 21st year, the R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and its affiliated events continue to grow and create significant impact, generating an estimated economic impact of $ 18-20 million per year and positive national media exposure for the state and the Greater New Orleans area.
The University of Louisiana Ragin ‘Cajuns will play the Marshall University Thundering herd in the 21st Annual R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Saturday, December 18 at 8:15 p.m. CST at the Caesars Superdome.