CCACSA Staff To Participate In Health Event

by Clyde Verdin
CCACSA Staff To Participate In Health Event

BATON ROUGE, La. – Staff members of the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes will be assisting the 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge with their annual prostate screening event on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at their offices at 2050 North Foster Drive in Baton Rouge.

CCACSA Executive Director Kenneth O. Miles, Manager of the Shaquille O’Neal Life Skills Program Brenton Sumler, Director of Academic Affairs Walt Holliday, along with graduate assistants Justin Maclin and Marciel Whitehurst are members of the organization and will be lending their services on Thursday with the group. Miles also serves on the board of directors for the 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge.

“The synergy for promoting health and wellness, educating our youth, and serving the community was organic,” Miles said. “It speaks to our total team commitment, our strategic plan and the goals of the 100 Black Men. Both organizations recognize the importance of investing in the Baton Rouge community where we reside in order to evoke the change we would like to see.”

The partnership with the 100 Black Men and members of the CCACSA formed two years ago, with members of LSU’s athletics academic arm providing support for the organization in one of its biggest missions in health screenings for African-American males.

“The 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge and our partnership with Mary Bird Perkins, Our Lady of the Lady Cancer Center, have provided free prostate health screenings to African-American men over the past three years,” 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge President and Chairman Michael W. Victorian said. “Our mutual goal is to reduce the incidence of prostate cancer in African-American men and to support them in developing the understanding that early detection is crucial.”

Along with the CCACSA, LSU athletics as a whole has been involved in raising the awareness of prostate cancer that includes LSU baseball, men’s basketball and football most recently. The Tiger football team donned helmet stickers against Auburn in honor of former SEC Commissioner Mike Slive who battled the disease during his time leading the conference, while gymnastics head coach D-D Breaux, baseball head coach Paul Mainieri and men’s basketball head coach Johnny Jones are all honorary chairpersons of the Blue Ribbon Soirée, an event held each year to benefit prostate cancer research.

The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes is a 54,000 square foot facility comprised of an academic affairs, student affairs and an information technology team, serving more than 530 student-athletes. The purpose is to provide an all-inclusive, student-centered support structure for all student-athletes from matriculation, through graduation and life beyond.