Several USC football players, including quarterback Matt Barkley, are scheduled to go through graduation ceremonies Friday before joining a group of 16 Trojans players who will depart for Haiti later that night.
The contingent, organized by Barkley’s father Les, will spend a week building houses and moving supplies to an area still recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake.
To help finance the trip, players sent letters to family and friends requesting donations. The group also received donations that were made through Hope Force International, the nonprofit disaster relief organization overseeing the trip, Les Barkley said.
Les Barkley, who traveled to Haiti as part of a relief effort in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, said he hopes the trip will provide players with a new perspective.