NEW ORLEANS, La. – The New Orleans Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) led the Privateers athletic department in their annual Southland Gives Back event by volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana during finals week, Dec. 5. In addition to bringing in some holiday cheer to the Boys & Girls Club children, the UNO SAAC spoke with the kids about the importance of continuing education.The Privateers joined the Boys & Girls Club members by bringing in a variety of Christmas materials to decorate the New Orleans location for the Christmas season. Student-athletes brought hats for the children to wear and spent time crafting snowflakes and Christmas trees to adorn the building. Throughout the afternoon of decorating, UNO SAAC members were able to profess the value of continuing education and the importance of keeping focus on studies during the final weeks of the fall semester.UNO student-athletes and Boys & Girls Club members were able to cap the afternoon with games of touch football and freeze tag to get the kids in an active mindset. After a great afternoon, the Privateers plan on continuing to make the Boys & Girls Club a regular community service location for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.”It was great to go spread some holiday cheer to others,” said SAAC member and Southland Cross Country Athlete of the Year Arina Kleshchukova. “We made some nice Christmas tree cards and other crafts with the kids who brought smiles to all of our faces – hopefully we made them smile a little too.”Since 1965, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana have been a leading afterschool and summer learning provider in the greater New Orleans metropolitan area. Boys & Girls Clubs strive to accomplish the vision of a world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach for every young person who walks through their doors. Primary focuses of the Boys & Girls Clubs include: Academic success, good character and healthy lifestyles. Additionally, the organization strives to provide members with a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing programs, character development experiences, hope and opportunity.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.