Dawson, Runion Speak at Walker Freshmen
BATON ROUGE — In another example of LSU student-athletes making a positive impression on local youth, Garrett Runion and Katie Dawson spoke to a Walker Freshman High School class on Wednesday as part of the Shaquille O’Neal CHAMPS/Life Skills program.
Runion, a member of the men’s golf team, and Dawson, a cross country runner, spoke with the Wildcats’ freshman speech class. The class was in Baton Rouge touring WBRZ-TV Channel 2 before going to lunch. During the lunch outing, the Tiger student-athletes met with the members of the class and spoke about what it was like to be a student-athlete at LSU.
Following their meeting with the students, Runion and Dawson fielded questions from each member of the freshman class. It was an exercise for both the LSU student-athletes and the Walker Freshman High School, as the freshmen got the chance to ask questions in a public setting, while also seeing how Runion and Dawson spoke to a public crowd.
The school visit is sponsored by the Shaquille O’Neal CHAMPS/Life Skills program. 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 at LSU honored one of the Tigers’ most memorable graduates, Shaquille O’Neal, by naming the program after him.