Jody Victor: Happy New Year from the Sugar Bowl! The team is in New Orleans, La and ready for the game tonight.
Yesterday student-athletes, staff, fans and band members from both Ohio State and Arkansas participated in a community service project in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Arkansas and Ohio State meet in the 2011 Sugar Bowl tonight in the New Orleans Super Dome (8:30 p.m. ET/ESPN).
A group of football players started the work Monday morning, clearing overgrown vacant lots for future development in the area damaged by floods following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Bus loads of fans, staff and the OSU Marching Band followed the football crew and continued work until midday, opening several lots for recovery construction.
The project was led by the OSU Student Life program as a partnership with a Beacon of Hope.
The Beacon of H.O.P.E. Community Development Corporation is a non-profit organization that was formally established in 1999 to help our culturally diverse Orange County deal with the growing social and economic challenges of the 21st Century. Beacon of H.O.P.E. is a faith-based, volunteer organization with a passion to help enrich the lives of at-risk youth, the poor and underprivileged, as well as the under-educated. They seek to provide realistic and comprehensive help, allowing each participant the greatest chance for a breakthrough to lasting success.