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PCC Athletes Affected by Katrina

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By Earl Heath - Rita Long

We all know in the recent weeks hurricane Katrina has affected the country in various ways.

We have seen homes destroyed, lives lost, and an awakening of how bad things can be when Mother Nature sends its worst. At a recent meeting of the Pasadena Quarterbacks Club, two special guests from the Pasadena City College Lancer's football team were present.

At PCC, the football team has had a group of its players with an immense concern. "We have about 15 players from the Louisiana area," said Head coach Dennis Gossard. "Our players have shown tremendous strength under the circumstances."

PCC has had a great history of recruiting athletes nationally. The Louisiana connection is a unique o­ne due to what has happened in recent weeks. The past two weeks have been tough o­n free safety Justin Garrett. This first week he had no contact with his family, and then he was able to get in contact with family members in Baton Rouge. "It was crazy the first week because I couldn't get to anybody to find out if everyone was ok. Then, when I got through it felt really good," said Garrett. He received a blessing when he found out right before his first game everyone was ok. "I started focusing o­n the game after I received the good news."

Teammate and quarterback Tremane Vaughns used Katrina as a motivation. "I used what’s going o­n at home as a fuel to play harder," Vaughns. "I dedicated the game to my mama cause they are really going through it, my mama gave me the world."

PCC Athletic Director Skip Robinson had comments o­n the team. "They've really pulled together and embraced each other. This is o­ne of the best groups of athletes I have ever been around. They don't mope and they don't whine about anything. They're really supportive of each other."

If anyone would like to contribute to these great athletes who have lost a lot, they can contact the athletic office at PCC at 626-585-7225.

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