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August 2013

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In August 2013 students and faculty from the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program, leadership staff from the National Consortium for Academics and Sports and members of its Board welcomed the newest members of the DeVos program for the annual week-long orientation trip to New Orleans. During the week-long trip, the group of 60 helped rebuild the city that still struggles to bring its community home since Hurricane Katrina devastated the community 8 years ago. Members of the group worked at over ten sites and were excited to work with the St. Bernard Project on the 500th home they've completed.

August 2013

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In addition to helping rebuild the city, the group took a tour of the city led by Mr. Robert Green a members of the lower ninth community, to see where the major damage had been, what's been brought back. The group was also able to attend an amazing ground breaking ceremony for a high school being built that will bring back community members to the Lower Ninth Ward.

August 2013

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August 2013

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March 2013

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While the weather during spring break definitely wasn't warm on Long Island, the heart of the family we helped was. After flooding from Hurricane Sandy destroyed their basement, we were ready to go in and make it part of their home again.

FIfteen of us from the DeVos Sport Business Graduate program made the trip up from Orlando and three of the program's alumni joined us at the site. Southwest Airlines sponsored roundtrip flights for everyone.

We started the rebuilding process by putting in insulation and followed up by starting the process of putting up new walls. The space was in good shape for the next group who'd be visiting to help as well.

March 2013

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March 2013

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"The Hope For Stanley trip to New York this past spring was not only inspiring but filled with a sense of hope and accomplishment. To see the impact we were making first hand is one of the reasons I came here to DeVos!"
-Andrew Hippert, Class of 2014

March 2013

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December 2012

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Members of the DeVos Graduate program donated time from their winter break to drive up to New Orleans and continue the important work of rebuilding homes. New Orleans is a beautiful city that holds a great amount of history.

December 2012

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While there, the group visited the World War II Museum. It is an incredible and life altering experience learning about World War II.

What ties New Orleans into the history of the war was the design of the Higgins Boats used to bring soldiers to the beaches. Higgins Industries was based in New Orleans and it's boats played an important role throughout the war. When visiting the museum there are Higgins Boats available to see and the full history is shared.

December 2012

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August 2012

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The DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program spent its 5th week-long new student orientation program in New Orleans helping rebuild homes with the St. Bernard Project.

The DeVos orientation is unique and special. This program does not only focus on what the expectations, commitments and beliefs of the graduate program are. Those beliefs are put into action through the Hope for Stanley Alliance.

Students from the incoming class are joined by second year students, faculty and staff and help in the rebuilding process of New Orleans. Even after almost eight years, there is still so much devastation in New Orleans and so much more to be done. Students from the DeVos program are determined to help get it done.

August 2012

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"I was part of a group of students and faculty that worked in a home during orientation .We learned that the couple were moved back in their home in early January. There is no better feeling then knowing you've been part of that success. However along with that success, we know there is the need for so much more."
-Suzi Katz, Faculty Coordinator,
Hope for Stanley Alliance

August 2012

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March 2012

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In March of 2012, a group of 20 students traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana for Spring Break. Upon arrival to New Orleans, HFS volunteers were awestruck by a historic and eye-opening experience at the National WWII Museum were they met actual WWII Vets and watch interactive 3-D movies to help illustrate the war.The University of Tulane showed a "Green-Wave" of appreciation as Rick Dickson, Director of Athletics and several of the athletics department staff imparted career advice and took the volunteers on a tour of the historic and newly renovated campus as well as would invite HFS to the diamond to watch the Tulane Green Waves take on the in-state-rival LSU Tigers. These volunteers with the help of the St. Bernard Project left their mark by painting, dry walling, and installing insulation underneath and inside the foundation of houses. Their work totaled to over 25 hours of volunteer work for the week as they helped to improve the lives of New Orleans natives.

March 2012

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"For me, the Hope For Stanley trips have been one of the best parts of the DeVos program. They have really helped me grow as a person, exposing me to new things, broadening my world view. Every time I go to New Orleans or another disaster ridden location, such as the tornado damaged city of Tuscaloosa from the December trip, I gain a greater appreciation for the things I have and my many blessings. Its just a really powerful experience that everyone should have at least once in thier lifetime."
-Megan Voeller
Class of 2013

December 2011

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In December of 2011, Hope for Stanley volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This trip was the first time that students went to a different city devastated by a natural disaster outside of New Orleans. This gave the volunteers a different outlook on the many other areas that are affected by natural disasters; they were able work both outside and inside as well as building a roof of a house. Dr. Lapchick and Mrs. Anne joined us and we were able to enjoy good laughs and wonderful southern hospitality. Each time Hope for Stanley goes to a city to help rebuild it is a humbling experience and is a reminder on how much is not promised to us on this earth and also how much is yet to be done to resurrect cities around the country that are hit by natural disasters.

December 2011

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December 2011

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"The images that I witnessed over the holiday continue to convince me that disaster has no bias. Rich or poor, black or white – when disaster strikes, it holds nothing back and takes whatever it wants. Our presence brought smiles to the faces of those who needed to smile. The stories that were shared were stories of courage, fearlessness and a will to never give up."
-Orlando Gunn
DeVos Student, Class of 2013

December 2011

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August 2011

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In August of 2011 Hope for Stanley volunteered with the St. Bernard Project. This gave the volunteers a different outlook on the many neighborhoods as well as the opportunity to do more than just sand, which is what many of them had done before. They were able work both outside and inside as well as meet multiple home owners, all while painting decks, the exterior of a house, sanding, mudding and more. Dr. Lapchick and Mrs. Anne joined us and we were able to enjoy good laughs and great food together. Each time Hope for Stanley returns to New Orleans is a humbling experience and is a reminder on how much is not promised to us on this earth and also how much is yet to be done to resurrect the city of New Orleans.

August 2011

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August 2011

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"Stanley was so incredibly positive and appreciative it was hard not to feel like superheroes in his presence. He is of course the real hero, and he was incredibly wonderful to meet and interact with."
-Steve Theil
DeVos Student, Class of 2013

August 2011

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May 2011

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In May of 2011 Hope for Stanley volunteered with Beacon of Hope as well as the St. Bernard Project instead of 4 days of just one organization. This gave the volunteers a different outlook on the many neighborhoods as well as the opportunity to do more than just sand, which is what many of them had done before. They were able work both outside and inside as well as meet multiple homeowners, all while painting decks, the exterior of a house, sanding, mudding and more. Dr. Lapchick and Mrs. Anne joined us and we were able to enjoy good laughs and great food together. Each time Hope for Stanley returns to New Orleans is a humbling experience and is a reminder on how much is not promised to us on this earth and also how much is yet to be done to resurrect the city of New Orleans.

May 2011

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"Our trip to New Orleans in May was an unforgettable experience. I really felt as though this trip gave me a greater understanding and appreciation for the uniqueness of New Orleans and the incredible people that live there."
-Kelly Higgins
DeVos Student, Class of 2012

May 2011

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December 2010

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December marked the second trip for some of those in the 2012 class, and the last for those in the2011 class as students. The December trip is an optional trip as opposed to the orientation trip that is taken in August. Hope for Stanley worked at a handful of homes in different parishes surrounding New Orleans doing work inside of the homes. For some it was their first experience doing insulation and mold remediation. With a cold front sweeping through, the students worked hard while fighting the elements. In addition to the cold weather, they made the best of their trip by experiencing a great come from behind win by the New Orleans Hornets over the Sacramento Kings as well as a birthday celebration for Aaron Gearlds. The trip marked the last for our coordinators Devan and Naomi and the beginning for their successors Kara and Chris.

December 2010

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December 2010

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"Chris Rose once said that as bad as it is in New Orleans post-Katrina, it's better than being somewhere else. Nothing brings people together more than working together on rebuilding a city that means so much to the heart and soul of America."
-Chris Sarpy
DeVos Student, Class of 2012

December 2010

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August 2010

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For the third straight year, the DeVos Sport Business Management Program at the University of Central Florida did a week long student orientation/week of service in New Orleans in partnership with the Hope For Stanley Alliance. This trip had 75 students, staff, and alumni working on 7 different worksites throughout the New Orleans area in partnership with St. Bernard Project. Simultaneously, 50 students from the UCF Interfraternity Council volunteered in New Orleans through Hope For Stanley in partnership with United Saints. The students from the DeVos Program also got an opportunity to meet with the New Orleans Saints and discuss what their Super Bowl wins means for the spirit of the people of New Orleans. As has become the tradition, the week ended with a barbecue at the Stewart's home in the Lower Ninth.

August 2010

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"I cannot even fathom how the Lower Ninth Ward looked right after the flood if this is how the area looks five years later. Streets that were once packed with houses are now empty lots covered in overgrown weeds or abandoned houses. I had no idea that so much work remains to be done or that so many families are still trying to come home. It is an amazing way to give back and help [people] ... rebuild friendships, families, and neighborhoods."
-Kaley Pendley
DeVos Student, Class of 2012

August 2010

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March 2010

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During Spring Break of 2010, 23 students gave nearly 450 hours of service to the city of New Orleans and the surrounding area. Many of the students returned to worksites that our group had worked on in October. One of the two sites had students hanging sheetrock in a community center. The majority of the students worked on a house in Violet installing insulation and scraping paint on the exterior wood siding. This trip marked only the second time in 24 trips that Dr. Lapchick was unable to join the DeVos group. Being just a week before Mardi Gras and a month after the Saints' Super Bowl win, the city saw the town celebrating "Lombardi Gras" as the team continues to give hope to a city that just like the Saints did, the city of New Orleans can rise from the ashes and truly be great once again.

March 2010

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"I was really curious to see how I would feel on my first trip back since August. While there was progress, it was heartbreaking to see that there was so much left to do. It only shows that we cannot afford to forget about how much NOLA still needs us."
-Natalie Welch
DeVos Student
Class of 2011

March 2010

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December 2009

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In December of 2009, a number of members of the DeVos classes of 2010 and 2011 returned to New Orleans to help rebuild the Lower Ninth. Nearly 35 people from the DeVos program as well as friends and family members traveled there for a life-changing week. Many students did work that ranged from hanging sheetrock to installing insulation. Hope was alive in well in New Orleans as the people rallied around the 13-0 New Orleans Saints football team which only served as proof of the healing power of sport that Hope For Stanley stands for. The students, as always, got a chance to visit with the Stewart family and even had the opportunity to take in a New Orleans Hornets game one of the nights they were there.

December 2009

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"I love being a part of a program that doesn't just talk about making an impact in the world, but actually does it."
-Jon Thomas "J.T." Louviere
DeVos student, Class of 2010

December 2009

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August 2009

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In August, 2009, the DeVos Program at UCF sent 58 students along with the three directors (Dr. Richard Lapchick, Dr. Bill Sutton, and Dr. C. Keith Harrison), and five alumni. Students did a variety of different jobs during the week. Many hung sheet rock, mudded, installed insulation, and did mold remediation. The trip included a tour of the Lower Ninth Ward, meeting with the Stewart Family and Arnie Fielkow, and a visit from employees of the New Orleans Hornets. While working on the different homes, many students had the opportunity to meet the homeowners and understand the impact they were having. One of the groups had the chance to meet a gentlemen named "Mac" who was a leader in his community. In the aftermath of the storm, he had decided to help out his neighbors before himself. This particular group spent the week working on Mac's home to help a man return home who had already helped so many others to do the same.

August 2009

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"This trip has been an amazing and eye-opening experience. It is a privilege to give back to this city while working with such a great group of people."
-Austin Moss II
DeVos Student,
Class of 2011

August 2009

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July 2009

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Thirty-eight volunteers worked on home rebuilding projects at five different homes located across St. Bernard Parish, Uptown New Orleans, and New Orleans East. The volunteer group encompassed staff from the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS), the Tulane University athletics department, and members from Marvin United Methodist Church in Tyler, TX. Volunteers worked on rebuilding projects involving drywall, mold remediation, flooring, and painting. The group contributed a total of 539 hours of service to New Orleans. As part of its trip, the Hope for Stanley Alliance created a partnership with the St. Bernard Project to rebuild homes in the Lower Ninth Ward. The partnership includes financial and promotional collaboration with the Alliances efforts in the Lower Ninth with the support of the St. Bernard Project. The trip also marked the third consecutive year that the NCAS has held a week of service in New Orleans in conjunction with its annual national planning meeting.

July 2009

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Quote from a sign in someone’s yard:

"God never left New Orleans and neither will we."

July 2009

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March 2009

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Fifty students from the University of Central Florida, University at Buffalo and the University of Vermont participated in the Hope for Stanley Foundations 18th volunteer trip to New Orleans. The volunteers renovated three little league and high school baseball fields with the New Orleans Recreational Department and worked on several home renovation projects in the Lower Ninth Ward with the organization Historic Green. The Hope for Stanley contingent contributed 1,360 hours of service to the Greater New Orleans area. The group was responsible for renovating one baseball field at Norman Playground in Algiers, La., and two baseball fields at Joe Brown Park in New Orleans East. The two parks were finished just in time to begin hosting games for local little league and high school teams.Two days were spent working in the Lower Ninth Ward with Historic Green, an organization concentrated on green construction and deconstruction. Volunteers were involved with Historic Greens vision of making the Lower Ninth Ward the nations first carbon-neutral community. They also worked on the home of Ward Mack McClendon, the founder of The Village, a developing community center in the heart of the Lower Ninth Ward.

March 2009

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"In August, I was overwhelmed with all the devastation that still exists from Katrina. On my return, I am thankful to see some signs of restoration. Where there is still so much to
be done, the improvement shows hope and promise for the resilient residents of New Orleans. Coming back here again has caused me to fall in love with this city."
-Lauren Harris
HFS Coordinator, 2009

March 2009

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December 2008

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Thirty nine students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the University of Central Floridas DeVos Sport Business Management Program helped do mold remediation in homes, paint, mow lawns, move supplies in storage, and contribute greatly to a shoe distribution event in the Lower Ninth Ward and neighboring St. Bernard Parish in a 4 day effort. The UCF contingent contributed 764 hours of service to the city of New Orleans on 4 different worksites. The volunteer group was instrumental in helping Lower Ninth Ward residents during a shoe distribution event in which hundreds of adults and children received free pairs of new and slightly-worn shoes. The event was held at The Lower Ninth Ward Village. The Hope for Stanley group also included George Mason sport management professor Robert Baker and his wife and former NFL player Dave Meggsey.

December 2008

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"When you see so much pain and destruction the natural thing is to feel mad and frustrated. I hope that people, even in the worst of times, can have hope in humanity."
- Dean Easterling
DeVos Student
Class of 2010

December 2008

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August 2008

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Sixty students, faculty, staff and alumni from the University of Central Florida's DeVos Sport Business Management Program helped paint, hang drywall, mud drywall, install insulation, and move supplies in storage in the Lower Ninth Ward and neighboring St. Bernard Parish in a weeklong effort to aid in the rebuilding of homes in New Orleans. The UCF contingent contributed 1,100 hours of community service equivalent to one person working 40 hours per week for 6 ½ months toward rebuilding homes. The trip was the seventh taken by the DeVos Program and the largest to date. It was also the firs time that a volunteer trip served as the orientation for incoming DeVos graduate students. The volunteer trip encompassed 11 homes that needed repair or were in the rebuilding process. The volunteer trip came to a close with a barbecue at Stanley Stewarts home, for whom Hope For Stanley is named.

August 2008

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"It was personal because we got to meet the homeowners whose homes we were rebuilding. When you put a face on the city it really hits home."
-Jonathan Adams
DeVos Student,
Class of 2009

August 2008

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July 2008

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For the second year in a row, the National Consortium for Academics and Sport (NCAS) had a week of service in New Orleans in conjunction with their annual national planning meeting. Seven administrators from the St. Johns University, including two from its athletic department, joined the trip, along with Kansas State sport marketing professor Yun-Oh Whang. Southern Methodist University, the University of South Florida and the University of Central Florida were also represented on the trip. Whang, a former marketing professor at UCF, had his home in Manhattan, KS, destroyed by a tornado on June 11. A little more than one month later, he traveled to New Orleans to help rebuild the homes of Hurricane Katrina victims. The group worked on 6 different worksites in the New Orleans area in conjunction with Project Homecoming. Some of the jobs included drywalling, spackling, insulation installation, painting, and building stairs.

July 2008

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"Instead of telling me about his own experience and his own devastation, Stanley was trying to give me strength ... I actually shed tears. That was probably the ultimate help you can get."
-Yun Oh-Whang
Kansas State University
Marketing Professor

July 2008

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March 2008

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During Spring Break in March, 2008, a group of students from the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program at UCF along with the men's and women's track and field teams at Valparaiso University and 11 students from the University of Vermont spent a week doing relief work in the Lower Ninth Ward. The trip began with students working at the Gordon Street Church restoring pews. On the trip, the students met a woman named Brenda Dupre who had lived on Gordon Street and was still displaced two and a half years after the storm. Dupre had received Road Home funding for electrical and plumbing work but her house was nowhere near ready for those workers to come in. The students from UCF, Valparaiso, and Vermont spent the remainder of the week clearing Brenda's yard and gutting her house and doing everything necessary to get Brenda back in her home.

March 2008

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"I don't believe He brought me this far to leave me... I cant give up now, I've come too far from where I started from. Nobody told me the road would be easy and I don't believe he's brought me this far to leave me."
-Congregation at St. David's Church in New Orleans

December 2007

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For many of the co-founders of Hope For Stanley, New Orleans marked their final trip to New Orleans as a group. Dr. Lapchick, his wife Ann, their daughter Emily, and a small group of DeVos students returned to New Orleans to further assist the Stewarts. The Stewarts were back home but there was much work to be done. Students planted a garden for Stanley and Betty and helped with much of the yardwork. They also partnered with Habitat for Humanity in Musicians' Village helping to put up wooden trusses in two houses, shingling one, and installing insulation in another. This focus on other Ninth Ward residents ensured that the scope of HFS's focus extended beyond the Stewarts with the goal being to keep coming back until everyone in the Lower Ninth could return home. Not even a week after the students departed New Orleans, Stanley and Betty came to Orlando to see the original class who had helped rebuild their home walk across the stage at UCF and receive their master's degrees.

December 2007

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"[Stanley] told us that he'd always wanted a garden and we had come along and made his dreams come true."
-Morgan Cyphers
DeVos Student

October 2007

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In October of 2007, Massachusetts State Representative "Smitty" Pignatelli returned to the Lower Ninth Ward after having been a part of the inaugural trip. Between December and October, Pignatelli had asked his constituents to donate to the rebuilding of Stanley and Betty Stewart's home in lieu of campaign donations. Pignatelli also persuaded 25 licensed contractors to donate their time (valued at $15,000 per day for 6 days) and their materials (valued at nearly $50,000) to come to New Orleans and rebuild the Stewarts' home. At the end of the week, all that remained was one last coat of paint on the interior walls. The following weekend, the inaugural group from the DeVos program returned to paint the Stewarts' home. Stanley, Betty, and their children were able to move back home in time to celebrate Thanksgiving in the Lower Ninth.

October 2007

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"There is still much more work to be done but we know a small committed group of people truly can make a difference."
-"Smitty" Pignatelli
Massachusetts State Representative
Hope For Stanley Co-Founder

October 2007

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June 2007

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In June of 2007, the Executive Board of the National Consortium for Academics and Sport (NCAS) went to New Orleans to volunteer. The group helped assist in the rebuilding of the Stewart residence and other rebuilding and clean-up efforts in the Lower Ninth. NCAS also offered a free day camp for New Orleans youth in which the children had a chance to learn a number of athletic activities including how to make a lay-up, hit a volleyball, and throw a football. Thanks to multiple donations every child was able to walk away from the camp with a football, basketball, ball and glove, volley ball, or soccer ball to call their own. At the conclusion of the trip, the Stewart family threw a barbecue for the volunteers in his yard which has since become a recurring tradition. Stanley explained that, "We always had parties here. This is the first since Katrina."

June 2007

"I had a great day. We don't have many of those anymore."
-New Orleans Child to Dr. Richard Lapchick at the conclusion of the NCAS Day Sports Camp

March 2007

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Spring Break 2007 marked the return of the DeVos Program to New Orleans and this time in greater numbers. Fourteen DeVos students along with Program Directors Dr. Richard Lapchick and Dr. C. Keith Harrison spent the week prepping the Stewart residence for the construction of a new roof. In many ways, this trip was an extension of the inaugural trip. Some of the students went to other locations in the Lower Ninth Ward to aid in the effort by cutting grass on vacant lots (to prevent city fines) or by gutting the houses of other residences so that these people too could begin the path to moving back home. During this trip, the efforts of the DeVos Program students and Hope For Stanley were recognized by the New Orleans City Council.

March 2007

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"Describing the feeling of being in the Lower Ninth Ward] is like no other. Words cannot express a story that only your eyes and heart can tell. New Orleans is alive but not well."
-Omari Maynard
DeVos Student
Class of 2008

March 2007

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December 2006

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December 2006, marked the inaugural trip for the Hope For Stanley Alliance. Before the organization even had a name, a group of students from the DeVos Sport Business Management Program decided they wanted to make a difference and help rebuild New Orleans. While there these students saw the damage that Hurricane Katrina had left in her wake, met the people of the Lower Ninth Ward, and were personally inspired by Stanley Stewart and his family. They spent the week gutting the Stewart's house in the Lower Ninth and planting a garden for the family. The lives of these students were forever changed and the Hope For Stanley Alliance was born.

December 2006

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"The devastation was unfathomable; but Stanley's hope was indestructible."
- Zoie Springer
Hope For Stanley
Co-Founder

December 2006

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