Track Athletes Read at Local Elementary

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Track Athletes Read at Local Elementary

BATON ROUGE – Before competing in the LSU Alumni Gold meet on Saturday afternoon, members of the LSU track and field teams took time out of their weekly training schedule Thursday to visit students at Delmont Elementary School on Douglas Avenue in North Baton Rouge.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers paired up and visited different classrooms to read to and mentor students with preschool through the fifth grade while talking about the benefits of education.

Among the athletes visiting Delmont Elementary School on Thursday include seniors Lauren Saucier and Zedric Thomas, junior Brandon Gordon, sophomores Joseph Caraway, Laura Carleton and Cullen Doody and freshmen Leigh-Ann Naccari, Abbey Karin and William Wiesler.

“We usually travel Thursday through Sunday almost every weekend during the season, so we don’t really get a lot of time to do stuff like this,” Saucier said. “The kids were really excited to have us read to them, and I know my fellow teammates and I had an awesome time being here.”

The LSU track and field program has proven to be a campus leader in community service this season with continued involvement in the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program. In addition to mentoring and reading to kids throughout the school year like what took place on Thursday, the track and field teams also helped build a brand new playground for the students at Sharon Hills Elementary School just last month.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers remain actively involved in such organizations as Habitat for Humanity while Saucier and fellow senior pole vaulter Marcus McGehee have also been involved in a “Wheel’s to Succeed” fundraising campaign this spring through the McMain’s Children’s Developmental Center and the Tiger Cycling Foundation.