Duke Football players hope to build team chemistry in Ethiopia

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) –  Most of Duke‘s offensive linemen hope to build some team chemistry – and perhaps some more muscle- by helping build an African community.

Guard Dave Harding is bringing 10 teammates and a strength coach to Ethiopia for nearly two weeks to drill at least one freshwater well in a remote area of the country, while also volunteering at an orphanage and holding a sports camp for kids.

”The coaches always say, ‘Go through (football) camp … and everybody, you bleed together,’ and it just builds camaraderie,” Harding said Thursday. ”I think people are going to be challenged, mostly mentally and spiritually with what they’re seeing. To be able to talk that through with each other and experience that together is something that no other college offensive line or football team will be able to experience or has experienced in a long time.”

The Blue Devils leave next Friday and will spend 10 days based mostly in the central Ethiopian city of Awasa. Roughly an hour north of town lies Lake Langano, the nearest geographical landmark to the drill site.

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