Gymnastics, Volleyball Teams Volunteer at MDA Telethon
BATON ROUGE — Members of the LSU volleyball and gymnasts continue to lend a helping hand in the community, spending part of their Labor Day holiday volunteering at the 42nd annual Jerry Lewis Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The teams spent several hours answering phones and taking pledges to help the MDA raise a record $63.8 million during the drive. Locally, the MDA telethon headquarters were at the Baton Rouge Hilton and the event was carried live on WVLA NBC 33 for the 35th consecutive year. Both the volleyball and gymnastics teams have volunteered with the MDA Telethon in prior years.
Active in the cause of muscular dystrophy, LSU has also hosted the MDA “Strides and Rides” in the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse on several occasions.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization fighting more than 40 muscle-wasting diseases that affect hundreds of people of all ages in our community. Funds raised through MDA special events held provide expert medical care at MDA clinics, MDA summer camps for youngsters, repair and purchase wheelchairs and other equipment and many other services. MDA also funds hundreds of the top scientists worldwide seeking treatments and cures.