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Eastern Kentucky contingent has mission to Haiti

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Updated: 5/23 3:11 pm

Richmond, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - A group of players and coaches from the Eastern Kentucky University football team will go on a mission trip to Haiti next week.

Colonels head coach Dean Hood and defensive coordinator Tony Hatmaker will lead a group that includes seven players: Zack Burgy-VanHoose, Lance Evans, Jon Floyd, Caleb Hodgson, Tyrelle Johnson, Tyler Malone and ShaQuille Prather.

The group will land in Port Au Prince on Tuesday. During its visit, the Eastern Kentucky contingent will travel to Jacmel, where they will spend Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings assisting with the construction of the Anba Mon Children's Village as part of the Hands & Feet Project. The orphanage, which originally housed 5-10 kids, now has more than 100 kids.

In the afternoons, the EKU representatives will interact with the children at the orphanage.

"When you do get some shock things in your life like going down to Haiti and driving through Port Au Prince, I think it has a life-changing effect on you," Hood said. "This is just a good thing to learn - what we've been given, we should give to others."

On Friday, the group will have a reflective day with a mountain hike and afternoon at a beach.

The group will return to the United States on June 1.

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