Student-Athletes Give Back at 'Go Healthy Challenge'

by Ashley Amoss
Student-Athletes Give Back at 'Go Healthy Challenge'

BATON ROUGE – LSU had 29 of its student-athletes participate in the American Heart Association’s ‘Go Healthy Challenge’ Saturday at the Mall of Cortana.

The entire LSU Men’s Basketball team, along with Ashley Lee, Sidney Sanabria-Robles, Maliah Mathis, Shelby Prunty, Rheagan Courville, Janelle Garcia, Randi Lau, and Llomincia Hall from Gymnastics, Denzeil Warner, Jalen Collins, La’el Collins, and Trevon Randle from Football, Simone Heyward from Softball, Madi Mahaffey from Volleyball, and Lexi Gibbs from Soccer participated in the event.

The group led second through eighth graders in exercise to promote living a healthy lifestyle and portion control as well as signed autographs, took pictures and interacted with the kids.

LSU athletes have a reputation for investing their time to give back to the Baton Rouge community. Mathis is no exception.

“It’s always fun to help out in the community and to see the kids have fun is always a treat for us,” Mathis said.

The American Heart Association is a non-profit organization that helps educate and spread the message of appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce deaths due to cardiovascular problems. Currently, Louisiana ranks fourth nationally in childhood obesity.

This is the second year that LSU student-athletes have been involved in the event. Over 500 kids were in attendance and participated in the activities.