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Golden Eagles spend time in the Shreveport Community on the day before Christmas

Dec. 24, 2017

SHREVEPORT, La. - The Southern Miss football team spent its Christmas Eve continuing to get ready for its appearance in the 42nd annual Walk-On's Independence Bowl, but also spending some time in the community on Sunday.

The Golden Eagles started the day early at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast at the Shreveport Convention Center and coach Jay Hopson as well as a few Golden Eagles got up to speak during the event.

Following that, Southern Miss went into team and position meetings, before heading to Independence Stadium for an early afternoon practice. The Golden Eagles worked out for an hour and a half in 40-plus degree weather on the stadium turf.

After that, the team split up and enjoyed some time in the community.

Most of the team went to the Providence House, which for over 29 years has helped homeless families with children shed the bonds of extreme poverty and homelessness.

The players were broken up into groups spent time on a tour and history of the Providence House, wrapped and gave away presents to the residents, interacted with the children there and assisted in a feeding the residents a meal.

A small group of players also attended the Northwest War Veterans Home where they interacted and engaged with the men and women that helped shape our country.

The team returned to the hotel following their community outing and had offensive and defensive meetings before enjoying a night out a location here locally of Walk-On's Bistreaux and Bar.

The Golden Eagles return to the practice field on Christmas Day, but will also enjoy a church service and a team meal during the afternoon.

Southern Miss meets Florida State, Wednesday, Dec. 27, at 12:30 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN and also heard on one of the affiliates of the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network.

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