LSU Teams with SEC in 'Together We CAN' Drive

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LSU Teams with SEC in 'Together We CAN' Drive

BATON ROUGE — As part of LSU’s continued goal to give back to the community and in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the Southeastern Conference, the Student-Athlete Advisory Council has organized a 10-day “Together We CAN” food drive to support the regional food banks near member institutions.

The food drive will begin on Friday, Sept. 21 and continue through Sunday, Sept. 30. All 12 institutions in the SEC will be competing against one another during the 10-day event to see which school can collect the most food as measured in pounds. All of the canned food collected at LSU during the drive will be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Canned food items can be donated throughout the event in barrels located in front of the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes entrances located in the old Gym Armory Building just up the hill from Tiger Stadium and the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

In addition, food will be collected at all home sporting events taking place during the drive. Barrels will be located at the entrances to the Maravich Center for the nationally ranked volleyball team’s matches on Sept. 21 against South Carolina at 7 p.m. and on Sept. 23 against No. 6 Florida at 1 p.m. Barrels will also be set up at Highland Road Park throughout the day Saturday, Sept. 22, starting at 8:30 a.m. as the cross country team hosts the LSU Tiger Cross Country Festival.

Before the second-ranked football team takes on South Carolina on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in a nationally televised game on CBS, LSU student-athletes from various sports, including softball, gymnastics, women’s basketball, and swimming and diving, along with members of Alpha Tau Sigma, the athletic training student fraternity, will be set up at the Tiger Athletic Foundation Tailgate at the Maravich Center. The volunteers will be accepting canned food items on the PMAC ramps from 9:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m.

The soccer team will also collect canned goods at the LSU Soccer Complex on Friday, Sept. 28, when the Tigers face Mississippi State at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, Sept. 30, with LSU takes on Ole Miss at 1 p.m.

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is a non-profit organization that exists to service short-term, unmet food needs of individuals in the 12-parish greater Baton Rouge area by providing food to more than 100 charitable agencies operating food pantries, group homes, shelters, meal sites and special agencies.

Established in 1984, the Food Bank’s purpose is accomplished by supporting or providing services such as food distribution and educational programs. It provides food to more than 100 charitable agencies operating food pantries, group homes, shelters, meal sites and special agencies. Every day, the Food Bank network helps 7,700 people and in 2006 distributed over 10.6 million pounds of food free of charge.

The “Together We CAN” food drive is being organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Council in conjunction with the Shaquille O’Neal CHAMPS/Life Skills program. The Student-Athlete Advisory Council serves as the governing body for the LSU student-athletes. Council members  sponsor many other community service events including the Halloween BOOzar and the Christmas Toy Drive.

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.