Student-Athletes in LSU Spring Greening Day

by Jesse Delerno
Student-Athletes in LSU Spring Greening Day

BATON ROUGE — Dozens of LSU student-athletes from several teams helped beautify the campus Friday at the university’s second annual Spring Greening Day.

The initiative was a campus-wide effort as students, faculty and staff volunteered with different beautification projects at various campus locations such as the Parade Grounds, the Quad, Tower Drive and the area around Patrick F. Taylor Hall, among many others.

The event also served to encourage a sense of pride and ownership in the campus and educate volunteers about proper recycling procedures and sustainability efforts. 

Sixty-seven student-athletes and coaches from the LSU swimming and diving, volleyball, gymnastics, football, men’s tennis, track and field and women’s golf teams worked shifts at the event as part of LSU Athletics’ Geaux Givers community service program. The swimming and diving squads led the way with 35 participants.

“Greening Day was a lot of fun,” swimmer Chris Mericas said. “It was awesome to be included in the beautification of the campus we see everyday.”

Many student-athletes mulched and planted flowers near the Parade Grounds, Hatcher Hall, Lockett Hall and the Design Building, while others transformed dumpsters into recyclable drop-off bins by painting them green. 

“I’m really honored to have been able to take part in the second annual Greening Day,” gymnast Casey Duvall said. “It was a great feeling to be able to help keep our campus beautiful and green.”

In addition to Spring Greening Day, LSU swimmers Clint Hallum, Audrey Lawson, Timmy Dasinger and Laura Furr attended a pep rally Saturday at Cohn Elementary School where they challenged the faculty to a volleyball game and interacted with students to motivate them for next week’s LEAP test.