The group packed more than 2,500 baggies with soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste and wash clothes for typhoon victims in the Philippines. 

It’s cool seeing the two schools come together and I wouldn’t miss doing this said Jason Meriwether, a UofL alum.

Glenn Gittings, UofL’s director of special projects,  spearheaded the effort, working with Clean The World, an Orlando-based organization that collects left over toiletries from 2,200 hotels and distributes them to people in need.

Two freshmen roommates, Madelyn Whitworth and Gabriylle Payne, stuffed their bags in the assembly line operation while mingling with fans from both schools. 

I thought it was a neat idea, Whitworth said. 

Added Payne, I like volunteering and this was a chance to give to those who are suffering in another country.

This is the third time UofL has performed a service project in communities hosting postseason football or basketball games.

Mark Hebert
Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.