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Duke football players clean up campus

Posted Monday, July 12, 2010

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Durham, NC The summer is a very important time for college football teams as student-athletes spend the offseason running, lifting weights and training for the upcoming season while also balancing classes, jobs and internships.

The Duke football team, however, has taken on an additional responsibility in the form of community and campus service.

For the second straight day, members of the Blue Devil gridiron squad came together for another community service event, this time staying on their own campus. The entire Duke football team spent Monday morning cleaning up the grounds of Duke University and their home venue, Wallace Wade Stadium.

The Blue Devils came out in full force, splitting up into three groups to rid the campus of trash. With each player armed with a trash bag, the Blue Devils started at their home field and swept out all the way to Duke Hospital.

"I told the guys before, there are all kinds of litterers," head coach David Cutcliffe said. "They chunk it deep, they set it, they place it - well we whipped all of 'em today. This campus looks great."

This marks the third straight summer that Cutcliffe's Blue Devils have participated in their self-organized campus cleanup.

"We got everybody here, and we went all the way over to the hospital and back," said Cutcliffe, who is entering his third season as head coach at Duke. "All the way down to the East side and West side of the campus. We really nailed it this morning. I don't know how many pounds we ended up with, but we filled up one of these giant construction dumpsters, so it's pretty good work."

The players too have embraced the emphasis on community service and community pride.

"It's really just part of who we are as a football team," said Adam Banks, a senior linebacker. "Our goal it to be all-around outstanding in whatever we do, so a part of that is obviously community. It's just another part of playing Duke football."

Following the two-hour cleanup, each player hauled their shares to a large dumpster near their practice facility on Duke's West Campus. Items collected ranged from papers and plastic bottles to parking gate arms and windshield wipers.

Duke's involvement in the community has translated on the field where the team has made steady improvements each year under Cutcliffe and went 5-7 in 2009 for the most wins since 1994.

"The first lesson for us as a football team is that the little things do matter," Cutcliffe said. "If we take care of the little things, then that will make you a better football team."

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