Football Student-Athletes Speak at Schaumburg Elementary
BATON ROUGE –LSU football players Jordon Corbin and Marlon Favorite met with eight grade students from Henry C. Schaumburg Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon as part of the Shaquille O’Neal CHAMPS/Life Skills program.
The eight elementary school students that met with the student-athletes were the founding members of Schaumburg’s Freedom Writer’s Club. The students collaborated to write the book, “504 Boys Go to College.” Last month, First Lady Laura Bush visited the charter school and Schaumburg, which is in Louisiana’s Recovery School District, has been awarded a grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.
The LSU student-athletes, who were members of the 2007 National Championship team, shared with the students about the need to work hard to reach your goals. Favorite, a general studies major who is graduating in May, is also an entertainer who has performed at the LSU Student-Athlete Talent Show. He shared one of the songs he has written with the students. A New Orleans native, he also shared his passion for the city he grew up in.
A creative writing major, Jordon recited his favorite E.E. Cummings poem and passed around the daily journal he likes to write in. The writing club gave Favorite and Corbin a copy of their book and discussed how they wanted to graduate and attend college in the future.
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.