The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte was the recipient of the volunteer labor with Cards doing a deep cleaning of the kitchen, organizing the food pantry, putting away Christmas ornaments and cleaning rooms. The Cards were joined by a handful of University of Georgia fans for the joint project, which was organized by UofL staff member Glenn Gittings. This is fantastic said Michelle Hunt, volunteer services coordinator for the Ronald McDonald House. Our families really appreciate these fans from Louisville and Georgia being generous with their time.

The Charlotte house provides lodging for about 2,700 families each year who are receiving care at two local hospitals. UofL nursing student Lorena Birt and her husband, Jeff, were attending their first bowl game. But in the morning they were cleaning ovens and cabinets. We want to show Charlotte that UofL fans have a big heart and a lot to give Lorena said. 

This project says we are aware that there are problems in communities other than ours said junior nursing student Katy Booth, echoing a thought expressed by UofL President James Ramsey.

This is a great project that shows how much UofL students, faculty, staff and alumni care about not just our community, but others as well, Ramsey said.

 UofL alum Trey Fletcher, who was cleaning out refrigerators, said, This speaks volumes about UofL’s community outreach.

This was the fourth joint community service project UofL has performed with opponents in bowl games and the Final Four. 


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.