The state of Louisiana is just beginning to recover from the awful floods that rocked the state a few weeks ago, but they still need all the help they can get. The University of New Orleans basketball team decided to answer the call on Tuesday and help a few victims around the state.
Mark Slessinger, head coach of the Privateers, spoke with The New Orleans Times-Picayune and said that he spoke with his friend, John Derenbecker, and inquired about if or anyone else needed help. He found out a lot of people were in trouble and let him know he would be sending some guys down to help out.
“I told (Derenbecker) to figure out who needed the help the most,” Slessinger said, “that I had my whole crew who could come help out on Saturday and Sunday.”
A number of players set out on a journey to Baton Rouge to help out Elbert and Ione Norred, natives of the city. They cleaned out their house and helped get everything straightened out for them.
“I appreciate everything you have done,” Ione Norred told the team. “Nobody knows how long it would have taken us to have done this.”
“We are proud to see our student-athletes, coaches and staff serve our fellow Louisianians in their time of need,” UNO Director of Athletics Derek Morel said in a statement. “The men and women of our program understand the importance of serving others and using our resources to help those in less-fortunate situations. We will continue to play for neighbors.”
This is certainly a great thing for this team to do. I think it is safe to say this team has some good karma coming their way in the near future.