"On March 1, a small group of NC State football players and staff members traded their jerseys and equipment for T-shirts and chain saws, axes and rakes. They gave up other spring break plans and the comfort of their own beds to spend five nights on the kitchen floor of a Catholic church and help rebuild the devastation that still lingers from the 2005 Hurricane Katrina.
"They kept a log book, and each day took turns chronicling their trip.
"By the end, seeing how much each day meant to them, I couldn't ask for anything more than that," said NC State assistant director of football operations Kit Hughes, who organized the 13-hour bus ride to Lizana, Miss. "I knew this was going to be the kind of trip where you give a lot and get even more out of it than you'd ever imagine. It really delivered in every way."
"The trip was arranged through Project Hope and Compassion, hosted by St. Ann's Catholic Church. It was a small church -- sufficient for about 200 people -- and the NC State players and coaches slept on air mattresses in the kitchen, where they also cooked their own breakfast, mopped the floors and did the dishes."