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McNeese, Lake Charles featured in Sports Illustrated article

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Posted at 3:50 PM, Sep 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-27 16:50:37-04

Lake Charles, and in particular McNeese State athletics, are the focus of a Sports Illustrated Daily Cover story, "Summer of Hell," published on Friday.

"While the world is busy quibbling over politics during an election year marked with social unrest and a global pandemic, Lake Charles and McNeese State are reeling. The people here feel forgotten, passed over by a furious news cycle in a year of the catastrophic bizarre," the article states.

"While most of America attains some semblance of normalcy six months into the pandemic, southwest Louisiana is a wreck. Laura’s most intense portion, the northeastern eyewall, roared directly through Lake Charles, delivering a punch of historic winds to this place. For more than two hours, sustained winds were recorded at 137 miles an hour," the story continues.

The article details the damage done to the athletic program, and discusses the way that sports often becomes a rallying point for communities affected by disaster.

To read the story, click here.

Here's the magazine's Facebook post about the story: