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Football team helps with Duke campus cleanup

Posted Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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Durham, NC David Cutcliffe is proud of the awareness that his football team has developed since he arrived last year, teaching them that if you want community support you need to support your community.

“I don’t think there is any greater arrogance a person can display then to just throw something on the ground expecting someone to pick up after them,” Cutcliffe said. “It is one of the pet peeves of mine and I have tried to create that with our squad. I think the word is out there a little bit and hopefully it will get a little louder now.”

The entire Duke football team rose from the beds as the sun was coming up Tuesday morning to help clean up the Duke campus as part of the annual Campus Cleanup Initiative.

“This is great,” Cutcliffe said. “It is a great reminder to our players that we are part of a bigger picture, the Duke community and even the Durham community. It is a lot of fun. They enjoyed it. It is team building, but at the same time it is certainly something productive.”

The football team broke off into groups and scoured Duke’s West campus cleaning up liter around Wallace Wade Stadium, Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Yoh Football Building, the Bryan Center the Chapel and other buildings and parking lots.

“I think it is a good, like Coach Cutcliffe said today it links us with the Duke community and he says it’s not about publicity it’s just about being able to do something for other people,” senior Re'quan Boyette said. “That’s how I look at it. Anytime you can do something for someone else and make their job easier and make their day go better it’s a good thing.”

The cleanup was a nice change from the usual Tuesday morning workouts that the players go through, with the returning players acknowledging the campus seemed cleaner than last year.

“It’s a pretty clean campus, but once you get out and start looking for trash you find trash,” Boyette said. “Most of the trash was under stuff so you had to get down and get your hands dirty a little bit.”

The Blue Devils will head to the Durham Rescue Mission this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. to continue their community service efforts.

“That is usually a great deal with the kids and the parents over there and to help brighten people’s day,” Boyette said. “Everyone does a great job over there.”

“We have been at that event before,” Cutcliffe said. “It is good that all this occurs before we really get started. It is back to that perspective, we know how important football is and how important competing is but I don’t want them to ever lose sight of what else is going on out there in the world. It’s real. And what’s more real than playing with those children.

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