Women's Basketball Visits Local Hospital

by Bill Martin (@LSUBillMartin)
Women's Basketball Visits Local Hospital

BATON ROUGE – Members of the LSU women’s basketball team made a difference in the lives of several children in the Baton Rouge community over the weekend as the Lady Tigers visited patients at the Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.

The team went room to room, greeting all of the patients, signing autographs, taking pictures and handing out basketballs and t-shirts. The children ranged from age five to 14.

“I have never been a part of an experience so special,” senior guard Katherine Graham said. “Having the opportunity to make a child’s day is a great experience that I will cherish forever.”

“It was amazing to see these young children with so much joy and energy, even though they are going through hard times,” added junior forward LaSondra Barrett. “Seeing them made me appreciate things such as my health and having the ability to play basketball. These things can be so minor to people until they are taken away. Each and every one of the children at Our Lady of the Lake put a smile on each one our faces because they taught us that the small things we complain about aren’t nearly as tough as the situation they are in.”

The Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital first opened in Baton Rouge in 1945, treating children of all ages. The Lady Tigers have future visits planned to the hospital.

My experience at the hospital was remarkable and heartwarming,” said junior forward Taylor Turnbow. “It was really inspirational. It made me want to do more with what I have and never forget to be thankful for what I have and where I come from.”