Zach Strief spoke at Ethel Schoeffner Elementary on Friday, April 11, 2014. (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints Saints guard/center Tim Lelito and tackle Zach Strief will help a worthy cause and serve as coaches for the Louisiana Legislature's second annual Truce for the Troops Bowl — which pits Democrats against Republicans in a game of flag football — on Sunday at Tiger Stadium.
This year's event, hosted by the House Special Committee on Military and Veteran Affairs, will raise money for the families of the four Louisiana National Guardsmen who recently died in a helicopter crash. Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Wayne Griffin Jr., 37; Chief Warrant Officer 4 George David Strother, 44; Staff Sgt. Lance Bergeron, 40; and Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich, 26, were killed March 10 when their UH-60 Black Hawk crashed near Pensacola, Fla., during a training exercise.
Strief, a nine-year veteran and offensive team captain for New Orleans, will coach the Democrats, while Lelito in his second season and competing for the starting left guard spot, will coach the Republicans.
Tickets, which cover admission, a behind-the-scenes tour of LSU's football facility and a post-game reception, are $50 for adults or $10 for students. Children 12 and under get in free. Gates open at 2 p.m. The stadium tour and a cheer clinic for girls with LSU cheerleaders will take place at 2:30 with the flag football contest kicking off at 4 p.m.