Trojans head to Haiti

The USC Trojans are on their way to Haiti.

A group of USC football players -- several of whom took part in graduation ceremonies on Friday -- departed from Los Angeles last night for Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. before connecting on a flight bound for the Caribbean country.

The purpose of the trip is to build houses in an area of the country which was severely damaged by an earthquake in 2010. The USC contingent will be in Leogane and Sous Savanne, where they will also visit orphanages and provide supplies that have been donated for the trip.

Among the USC players participating are Matt Barkley, Khaled Holmes, Kyle Negrete, T.J. McDonald, Hayes Pullard, Nickell Robey, Scott Starr, Devon Kennard, Dion Bailey, Robert Woods, Max Wittek, Cody Kessler, Cyrus Hobbi, Kevin Greene, Joshua Shaw and Luke Freeman. The trip was organized in part by Barkley’s father, Les, who will also be on the trip along with the rest of the Barkley family.

Les Barkley had been part of a relief effort to Haiti after the earthquake and worked with a disaster relief organization, Hope Force International, to arrange for the current trip.

The group will return to Los Angeles May 16. For a photo of the group click here.