Student-Athletes Greet Fans on GameDay
BATON ROUGE — Members of several LSU athletics teams met with fans in front of the Union on Saturday afternoon as part of the Shaquille O’Neal CHAMPS/Life Skills program on game day prior to the football contest against Middle Tennessee.
Student-athletes from the gymnastics, softball, women’s golf, and track and field teams were on hand for the event. The meet-and-greet was held in conjunction with the University College’s Family Association Weekend. After the Family Association program was concluded inside the union, the student-athletes handed out team posters and met with fans in Free Speech Alley.
The CHAMPS (Challenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success)/Life Skills Program was designed by the NCAA to help student-athletes realize higher academic achievement, increase likelihood of graduation and enter a chosen profession with a higher level of vision, knowledge, motivation, self-responsibility and greater overall success. In Spring 2003, the CHAMPS/ Life Skills Program honored one of LSU’s most memorable graduates, Shaquille O’Neal, by naming the program after him.