LSU, 'Bama students join forces in day of community service

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Posted on January 8, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 8 at 11:42 PM

Scott Satchfield / Eyewitness News

On the eve of arguably the biggest game in the history of an already heated rivalry, a group of Alabama and LSU students moved past their football differences Sunday -- working side by side to give back to the community.

The students, along with several members of the LSU football team, participated in a BCS Day of Service, to help with rebuilding projects at numerous locations across the city, like the Boys and Girls Club on South Broad Street.

"It feels fantastic to be out here. I'm completely humbled to see all these fans out here," said Elaine Giles, an LSU senior. "Even though we're on opposite sides of the football field, it feels great to see all of them come together for service and make this a great day and a great project."

Shawn Burst, a freshman fullback on the LSU football team, agreed.

"It's awesome because, to be honest, at the end of the day, it's a game, you know, and the bigger picture here is helping out the kids and the community," Burst said.

Far from the French Quarter partying surrounding the big game, the students painted, did landscaping work and even built a new baseball diamond -- all the while, still throwing in a few jabs about Monday night.

"A lot of good natured taunts here and there, but ultimately I think, the message we want to send out of this is that, you know, no matter who wins on or off the field, kind of everybody wins when Alabama and LSU come to town, because it's really, at the end of the day, not just about football. It's about the communities that we're a part of," said Ryan Flamerich, a junior at Alabama.

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