Southland Gives Back: UNO partners with Audubon Zoo and Children’s Hospital

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Privateers help at Elves’ Workshop to spread holiday cheer to Children’s Hospital patients

NEW ORLEANS, La. – New Orleans student-athletes recently gave their time back volunteering at the annual Audubon Zoo Lights event presented by Children’s Hospital. The Privateers group joined fellow Zoo Lights participants at the “Elves Workshop” Sunday, Dec. 9, where they helped pen special messages and pictures that will be delivered to patients at Children’s Hospital.

“Working Zoo Lights was a lot of fun and it allowed us to connect with a lot of children in the greater New Orleans area,” said Mark Golay, a member of the men’s cross country and track & field programs.

Audubon Zoo Lights routinely creates a holiday spirit throughout the city of New Orleans. There are animal-themed light displays, live entertainment, holiday story time, selfie stops for holiday pictures, polar pics with Santa, treats and tents designated to create special messages for Children’s Hospital patients.

“Being able to help out at Zoo Lights this year was amazing,” said Kyra Hunter, the volleyball SAAC representative. “I enjoyed just being able to interact with the community of New Orleans outside of the gym.”

The Zoo Lights spectacle is a part of the Audubon Nature Institute that opens each year on Nov. 23 and runs through Dec. 30.

Each Southland Conference member institution participates in a “Southland Gives Back” event around the holidays. As Part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season.

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