Vanderbilt athletes paint Boy & Girls Club

Commodores in the Community III continued on Saturday with a community service project. Coach Bobby Johnson and a crew of student-athletes and Vanderbilt staff painted the interior of the Andrew Jackson Boys and Girls Club near downtown Nashville.

Since Vanderbilt student-athletes and the Boys and Girls Club have a long-standing relationship, it was natural to ask, "What can we do for you?" The answer: "Paint!"

It's called "Boys and Girls Club" for a reason. The building was closed to the public while the painting was going on inside, but these neighborhood youngsters took a quick peek inside before posing for a photo and boarding the van.

The Vanderbilt crew painted almost the entire interior of the building. Coach Johnson spent most of his time working in the lobby/gameroom.

Cassen Jackson-Garrison and Stephen Bright worked in the lobby, too.

Cassen Jackson-Garrison took a moment to pose for a photo.

Eric Nichols, Director of Marketing and Promotions, was also working in the lobby.

Jeremy Lawson, Elliot Hood, and Josh Eames were part of the group that painted the two classrooms in the building.

Alison Bush, Assistant Director of Marketing, will be handling marketing for both football and women's basketball this season. She helped with painting the lower walls in the gymnasium.

Arnie Sadler has been a Vanderbilt fan ever since legendary quarterback Bill Wade visited his Sunday school class when he was a child. He also owns Enterprise Painting and donated the use of his painting equipament, including drops, frames, rollers, and ladders for the day and secured donations of paint from various businesses around town.

The student-athletes from the women's basketball team worked in the dance studio in the back of the building.

Lauren Lueders, one of the five freshmen on the women's basketball team, officially became a Vanderbilt student a few weeks ago when she enrolled in summer school.

Merideth Marsh, another one of the freshmen on the women's basketball team, and Jon Goff work on the last wall to be painted.

Merideth Marsh, Lauren Leuders, Jen Risper, Dee Davis and Liz Sherwood, the paint-splattered representatives from the women's basketball team, posed for a photo.

After the work was done and a pizza lunch devoured, the entire crew posed for a photo. (Click on photo to view a larger image.)

The community outreach campaign continues this week with the following events:

Thursday, July 27: Coach Johnson will host a cookout for Vanderbilt faculty and staff at the Student Life Center from 11:30 -1:00.

Friday, July 28: Coach Johnson will be on hand at Greer Stadium in Nashville from 5:30-6:30 for Commodore Sounds' Night.

Saturday, July 29: "Bowling with the Commodores" will take place at Franklin Lanes in Franklin from 6:30-8:00. Fans will have the chance to meet the players and to enjoy some free bowling.

The campaign wraps up on August 13 with Dore Jam V, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Rich Practice Complex on the Vanderbilt campus.

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Photos copyright 2006 by Whitney D for

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