Paying it back: Tulane Greenbackers donate to LA Tech

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Though the memories of Hurricane Katrina are painful for many, the Tulane Greenbackers did not forget.

It was Louisiana Tech who took in the Green Wave football team in the fall of 2005, giving the players and staff a home base for the fall semester while the Tulane campus and the entire city of New Orleans recovered from Katrina.

Fourteen years later, LA Tech is trying to recover from an April tornado that devastated the campus, and in particular the Bulldogs’ athletic facilities.

Earlier this month, the Greenbackers sent a $1,000 donation to LA Tech athletic director Tommy McClelland, who shared the letter he received from longtime Greenbackers president Mike Johnston on Twitter Monday morning.

“We ask that you accept this modest gift,” Johnston wrote in his letter, “as the Greenbackers way of thanking Louisiana Tech for the help and support they gave Tulane back in 2005.”

McClelland said he “felt compelled” to share the letter from Johnston. “Thank you Tulane Greenbackers for your generous contribution (and) genuine concern,” he wrote.

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Lenny Vangilder


Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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