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Duke football visits Durham Rescue Mission

Posted Monday, July 12, 2010

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Durham, NC More than 100 members of the Duke football program spent over two hours visiting the children and families at the Durham Rescue Mission on Sunday afternoon. Head coach David Cutcliffe was joined by the Blue Devil players to enjoy a warm day with the families at the Good Samaritan Inn on East Knox Street.

"This is something the whole team looks forward to every year; to come out here and give a helping hand and make sure these kids and their families have fun," said senior wide receiver Austin Kelly. "It's not all about us, it's not all about Duke - it's about everybody in the community. It helps us to get to know the people of the community one-on-one. They see us on TV or they come to a game, but I think something like this where you're face-to-face with the kids and the families really gives them a chance to know you on a personal level."

Organized by Director of Football Development James Mitchell, Sunday's event included lunch and an autograph session as well as football drills and activities directed by the Blue Devil players.

The Durham Rescue Mission, originally a shelter for men, was founded in 1974 by the Reverend Ernie C. Mills. The Mission expanded in 1993 with shelter for women and children. Currently the Mission houses a men's campus at 1201 East Main Street while the Good Samaritan Inn located on 507 East Knox Street provides housing for women, children and families. In addition, the Rescued Treasures Thrift Store is at 3220 N.C. Highway 55 South.

More information about the Durham Rescue Mission can be found at www.durhamrescuemission.org.

 
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