A group of Ole Miss football players traveled to Camp Marie in Haiti to do mission work last week during the university’s spring break.
Senior quarterback Chad Kelly, who made the trip last year, as well, was among the players in the group, along with senior offensive lineman Talbot Buys, sophomore offensive lineman Sean Rawlings and freshman defensive back Armani Linton.
“It was amazing,” Kelly said in a release. “You have the opportunity to kind of take a step back and realize how thankful you really are to be here in the United States and have the opportunity to play a great university. A lot of those kids grow up in a certain situation and they can’t really get out of it. For us, to be able to go over there and put smiles on kids’ faces, that’s what it’s all about. We’re thankful we are able to go there and help them.”
Coach Hugh Freeze, special teams coordinator Corey Batoon and tight ends coach Maurice Harris were also among the group representing Ole Miss on the trip.
“We are well known in that village,” Freeze said. “They love to see the Ole Miss group there and to see them get fresh water and the joy they have for getting it is pretty humbling. It always ends up impacting us more than it’s impacting them.”
It was the third-straight year that an Ole Miss group has made the trip to Camp Marie since the university partnered with the 410 Bridge organization, which provides support and organizes mission trips for Haiti.