Student-Athletes Take Part in United Way 'Day of Caring'
BATON ROUGE — LSU student-athletes participated in the United Way Day of Caring at six different locations around the Capital Area last Friday as part of the Shaquille O’Neal CHAMPS/Life Skills Program.
Members of the football, soccer, volleyball and swimming and diving teams participated in the event. Among the projects that the Tiger student-athletes participated in were a memorial garden at the Louisiana Technical College for the victims of a shooting on campus earlier this year, a closet makeover at the Reily Center for Children and Families, a “Tools for School Success” project to make kits for children at Partnerships in Childcare, a “Brush the Blues Away” painting project at the Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge, a painting project at the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Center and a dance party for senior citizens at a BREC center.
The Day of Caring event took place on April 18 with projects throughout Baton Rouge. Volunteers from the 10-parish Capital Area, including LSU student-athletes, joined local nonprofit organizations to work on one-time service projects. Participating organizations were matched with volunteers from the community and local businesses who gave their time and services in an effort to impact our communities’ needs.
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.