UCF students who are helping to rebuild New Orleans will host a special ceremony Friday, Aug. 27, to commemorate five years of the city’s perseverance and strength since Hurricane Katrina.

Students, staff and faculty members and the public are invited to the ceremony at 8 p.m. at the Reflecting Pond on the main campus. Student volunteers will speak about their recent trips to Louisiana, and the ceremony will feature classic New Orleans jazz.

The ceremony will be hosted by the Hope for Stanley Foundation, which UCF students and DeVos Sport Business Management Program chair Richard Lapchick established in 2006. Their goal was to create opportunities for student-athletes across the country to help revive New Orleans.

The foundation, named after a New Orleans resident whom the students helped, has organized 27 volunteer trips, including several during spring breaks. More than 600 student-athletes from UCF and other universities have participated.

To learn more about the Hope for Stanley Foundation and its continuing efforts in New Orleans, visit www.HopeforStanley.org.