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Students rally to support Super Bowl volunteer efforts

January 25, 2013

Some Loyola University New Orleans students have joined the volunteer ranks to assist the Super Bowl Host Committee in putting on a successful Super Bowl experience for the city next weekend.

One Loyola group, Team X-Pro, was selected by DIRECTV to host a tailgate game at the Celebrity Beach Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Mardi Gras World. Team X-Pro is Loyola’s student video gaming organization which has approximately 30 members. About half of the club will participate in the Celebrity Beach Bowl, hosting a gaming station where tailgaters from both teams can battle it out electronically playing Madden NFL 13.

Team X-Pro was selected as one of 10 organizations in New Orleans to host the tailgate games. Team president and senior psychology major Michael Cain said DIRECTV is expecting about 6,000 attendees to the Celebrity Beach Bowl. He and team members will man the gaming station from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Saturday before the big game.

“The entire club is really excited at the chance to do this,” said Cain. “We want to put on a really good event and have a lot of fun.”

Richard Dempsey, a senior mass communication major, began working as an extern for the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation back in September which recently leveraged him to move up the ranks to intern for the Super Bowl Host Committee. While an extern, he was responsible for helping to recruit more than 8,000 volunteers for Super Bowl XLVII. As a Super Bowl Host Committee intern, Dempsey is now coordinating and orienting volunteers for their various roles. Dempsey will also oversee the Super Bowl Media Day event next Tuesday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Bradley Brunet, a senior business management major, is volunteering at The NFL Experience and as a Super Bowl Host Committee ambassador. The NFL Experience, pro football's interactive theme park, will be located at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center starting Jan. 30 and will run through Super Bowl Sunday. It offers sports fans participatory games, displays, entertainment attractions, kids' football clinics, free autograph sessions and a football memorabilia show. Brunet will work there on Super Bowl Sunday, playing games with kids such as punt, pass and kick, as well as assisting at the autograph booth.

As an ambassador, Brunet and others will be posted in front of major hotels throughout next week and the weekend assisting visitors to the city by answering questions and directing them to various locales.

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