Student-Athletes Take Part in 'Real Men Read'

by Jesse Delerno
Student-Athletes Take Part in 'Real Men Read'

BATON ROUGE — LSU swimming’s Clint Hallum and track and field’s Brandon Gordon took time out of their busy schedules Friday to participate in the “Real Men Read” program at local Delmont Elementary School.

Hallum and Gordon read books to each class and stressed to the students the importance of reading.

“I liked how interested the kids were in me as well as the story I read to them,” Gordon said. “You can really tell that you are making an impact on the students just by looking at them.”

“Real Men Read” is a program instituted by the East Baton Rouge Parish School System that brings in men from the local community to read to students. The purpose is to promote reading among male students. Bridging positive role models from the community with young males in elementary schools through the mode of reading provides a powerful opportunity to encourage lifelong practices related to the power and purpose of reading.

LSU has taken an active role in the program the past two years as both head football coach Les Miles and head baseball coach Paul Mainieri as well as several student-athletes have traveled to local schools to participate in the event.