LSU Athletes Help Promote "Drug-Free" Message
BATON ROUGE — Members of several of the LSU athletic department’s programs will attend poster making sessions at various elementary schools around the Baton Rouge area this week in an effort to promote drug-free lifestyles in preparation for the 2003 Red Ribbon Campaign.
The Tiger softball team will be at Buchanan Elementary on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. On Friday, Oct. 17, members of the LSU swimming and diving team and the women’s soccer team will be at Polk Elementary from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m., while the Tiger gymnastics team will be at Dufrocq Elementary from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.
These athletes will help the elementary school students make posters promoting anti-drug messages and encouraging healthy lifestyles. The students will then carry the posters as part of the celebration for Red Ribbon Week.
Louisiana, in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Justice, the Louisiana State Department of Education, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, Louisiana Students Against Destructive Decisions and Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Louisiana, will celebrate 2003 Red Ribbon Week on Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. on the steps of the state capitol, with a number of state officials, educators, citizens, students and law enforcement agents.
The Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign began in 1988 in honor of fallen Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was kidnapped and killed in Mexico in 1985. It encourages families, schools, businesses, law enforcement agencies and service organizations to establish an atmosphere that supports awareness, education and on-going initiatives to prevent illegal drug use and promote healthy living and drug-free lifestyles.