Story posted March 17, 2009
For the past few years, the Bowdoin College football team has traveled to Mississippi to assist in the rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, focusing their efforts on the Gulfport region.
The trips inspired Kit Hughes '01, North Carolina State's director of football operations, to coordinate an alternative spring break of his own.
Three players and two graduate assistants volunteered to join him on a project in Pass Christian, Miss., during N.C. State's spring break in early March, as detailed in an article on Sports Illustrated's Web site.
Their job was to clear the overgrowth so an elderly man could live in his house for the first time since Katrina hit in 2005.
"We cleared his property," Hughes says in the article. "We're talking chainsaws, weed-eaters, axes, the whole thing. We just went to town."
Hughes wanted the players who took the trip to understand the area still hasn't recovered from Katrina.
"That was one of the biggest reasons why I wanted to go," he said. "For these kids, if they don't see it on the news or read about it in the newspaper, they think the problem is fixed."