Not long after they arrived, Hughes, defensive back
"We cleared his property," Hughes said. "We're talking chainsaws, weed-eaters, axes, the whole thing. We just went to town."
Later, the N.C. State contingent hauled lumber and widened a road. It worked for
The group is back in Raleigh and preparing for the start of spring practice later this week, but Hughes has even bolder plans for next year. He'd like to bring even more players for a similar service project. "The guys we just went with, there's no question in my mind that the six people who went this year will go back next year," Hughes said. "Already, we have a base. Now we just have to build on it."
Eventually, Hughes hopes other ACC football programs will join for group trips. He can envision dozens of college football players swooping into an area of need and helping while learning at the same time. "Ideally, down the road, it wouldn't just be us," Hughes said. "It would be us and Duke and [North] Carolina and Georgia Tech and Florida State. You'd make it more of a conference-based service initiative. Then you're making an enormous impact. ... It's definitely achievable."