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Tulane Athletes Give Back to Area Homeless

Tulane Athletes Give Back to Area Homeless

On Tuesday, July 17th AFH conducted workshops at Tulane University with over 50 student athletes. Teams in attendance were Tulane Football, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Basketball, and Volleyball. Players were excited to share their meanings of hope and learn how important their roles of student athletes are to the community. We facilitated passionate discussions between the student athletes that motivated them to do more. Erin Gutierrez of Tulane Women’s Basketball stated, “ Going through the hope exercise inspired me to give back to the community more and help inspire other kids by giving them hope. As student athletes we have the ability to give back and I think it is my duty and service to give back.” According to Keitha Jones Jr. of Tulane Football, “ the workshop gave me knowledge on how to give back to the community and you never know whose life you could impact.”

Following our workshop, Tulane athletes prepared over 500 sandwiches for the homeless community at Ozanam Inn In New Orleans. Ozanam Inn is an emergency shelter for homeless men and also a transitional facility to help move individuals from homelessness to independent living.

tulane homelss shelter

AFH University Student Athletes Make an Impact in Louisiana

As the academic year comes to an end, we want to highlight the efforts of our Louisiana AFH University teams have taken to help others this semester. Since January 2017, AFH Baton Rouge Teams (LSU and Southern University) have completed over 500 volunteer hours with a host of local schools and non-profits. The Tulane schools in New Orleans have all been trained and are ramped up for good things this year and next fall.

LSU now has 16 teams in the connection phase. Some of the highlighted connections include:

  • Softball is currently in season. They will be connecting with BREC Youth 360, Highland Road Community Park.
  • Cross Country connected with  Let’s Move Active School McKinley Middle School on February 24th. On March 3rd, the team volunteered at St. James Retirement Home. They made flower arrangements and delivered them to residents. On March 24th, the team visited Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired and participated in their Fan Day.
  • Track & Field participated in the Louisiana Marathon on January 15th. They also visited Children’s Charter on February 24th and engaged students in physical activity.
  • Women’s Golf connected with Let’s Move Active School, University Terrace on February 22nd.
  • Baseball is currently in season and working on team availability to make visits to Louisiana Key Academy in May.
  • Soccer is currently in season and plan to connect with Boys Hope Girls Hope in the upcoming months.
  • Volleyball has connected with Arc of Baton Rouge Inclusive Sports program for three consecutive Saturdays. On February 10th, the team participated in The Tim Tebow Foundation’s “Night to Shine”, a prom night experience dedicated to special needs teenagers. Two players of the team have committed to coaching a youth volleyball team at St. Aloysius School and spend 5 hours a week with practices and games. They plan to visit Glasgow Middle School on April 18th and 20th.

Southern University student athletes worked hard this semester to work in their community. Some of those connections include:

  • Softball assisted with registration and set up for the Louisiana Marathon children’s race on January 14th. Following their season, they plan to connect with the Miracle League on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
  • Volleyball participated in the Louisiana Marathon children’s race on January 14th by cheering on runners and passing out water at the finish line. The team has made visits to Let’s Move Active School, Progress Elementary every Friday this semester. They have committed to make 2 hour visits on Fridays until May.
  • Soccer will be connecting with BREC Youth 360 and the Anna T. Jordan Community Center.
  • Baseball is currently in season. They connected with FLAIM Elementary on Monday, February 20th and completed a Let’s Move Active School visit.

Tulane is rocking on connections in their community as well. Some of those connections include:

  • Men’s Basketball hosted a 2 hour Special Olympics basketball clinic that went really well. They are looking to host more events over the summer.
  • Women’s Basketball is helping with the Tulane Unified 3v3 basketball league. This is our second year hosting the league, which spans 3 weeks of competition on Friday afternoons.
  • Bowling volunteered at a youth bowling clinic recently that aims to keep kids involved in after school activities to stay out of trouble.
  • Men’s & Women’s Track & Field have started helping with the Special Olympics track team that meets on Saturday mornings. The Special Olympics team is hoping to send some athletes to a summer games event in Hammond, LA and the Tulane team is getting the kids ready for the competition.
  • Swim & Dive started a Special Olympics swim team that has already met three times. We are trying to secure pool space to continue the team over the summer.
  • Football completed a “Day of Service” with the university on April 13th. Some groups cleaned up in Audubon Park, others planted trees, and some sorted food at a local food bank. They will also connect with a cause over the summer.
  • Golf is currently at their conference tournament. Once season is over, they will work with First Tee and host junior clinics over the summer and fall.

Thank you to all of our AFH University student athletes for giving back to your communities. We look forward to seeing your impact throughout the summer and through the fall semester


Athletes for Hope University Update: Tulane

Tulane Athletics holds three core pillars for student-athletes: Excellence in Scholarship, Excellence in Sport, Excellence in Service. While community service is a key component of every Tulane student’s experience, Athletics has partnered with Athletes for Hope University to provide its student-athletes with a better platform for giving back to the New Orleans community.


“Intercollegiate athletics, at its core, provides students skilled in athletics an opportunity to prepare themselves for a lifetime of success.  Any definition of success in a civil society includes a commitment to serve others, and improve the whole of a society through actions of the individual,” says Tulane Athletic Director Troy Dannen. “The partnership with Athletes for Hope provides our student-athlete an outlet to build an understanding of service to others and further enhance their likelihood of living a successful life, while enhancing the world around them. It is certainly the most win-win opportunity in a world of athletics that is often characterized by the ability to win.”


Since October, all 16 Tulane intercollegiate teams have completed the Athletes for Hope 1.0 Workshop, focused on educating and empowering student-athletes. Now that all Tulane sports teams are enrolled, the student-athletes are moving on the connection phase: finding local causes that members of each team are passionate about and pitching in.


Tulane Women’s Golf

Before their spring season kicked off, the members of the golf team spent a beautiful New Orleans Sunday on the miniature golf course with Special Olympics of Orleans Parish. We can’t say for sure who won, but everyone did have a lot of fun.

The team also plans to host a junior golf clinic during their upcoming home tournament.


All Student-Athletes

When Special Olympics of Louisiana pitched a unified rivalry game between Tulane and LSU, Tulane student-athletes rallied, filling the gym with fans to create a big-game atmosphere.

Check out this video for a full recap of the festivities:


Upcoming in 2017

This spring, in addition to the golf team’s junior clinic:

  • Volleyball and football will be hosting Special Olympics clinics
  • Student-athletes will be assisting with the 2nd annual unified Special Olympics 3 vs 3 basketball league hosted at Tulane
  • Football will be visiting the children’s ward at Tulane Hospital
  • Teams will be visiting local schools during PE to promote healthy habits


As Tulane Athletics develops the partnership with Athletes for Hope, look for our student-athletes out in the community, and don’t be afraid to say hello when you see them!