Thanksgiving With The Tigers
Courtsey of A.J. Andrews
BATON ROUGE — LSU student-athletes, coaches and staff members recently welcomed the kids from the Baton Rouge Big Buddy Program and their families to the annual Thanksgiving with the Tigers event to jumpstart the holiday season. The event took place last week in the Women’s Basketball Practice Gym just before the start of men’s basketball game against Samford.
Thanksgiving With The Tigers is an annual Thanksgiving and Christmas-themed community engagement initiative where each LSU team “adopts” a child from the Big Buddy Program and provides him or her with Christmas presents as they share an early Thanksgiving meal together. The children and their families enjoyed food and beverages provided by TJ Ribs and Raising Canes, along with taking pictures with their favorite LSU players and coaches.
The highly-anticipated event was filled with lots of energy and excitement as the children opened gifts, participated in activities and played games with the student-athletes. After the meal, participants and student-athletes attended the men’s basketball game and cheered on the Tigers to a 105-86 victory.
“LSU wouldn’t be LSU without its amazing fans,” said softball outfielder Emily Griggs. “It is a humbling experience to come hang out with kids and get to know them on a personal level and give them gifts that they will love and cherish for the holiday season.”
Many of LSU’s student-athletes believe there is so much to be thankful for at LSU and it all starts with the community and the fans that support them.
John Kodros from the LSU baseball team agreed. “It’s a great feeling to be able to give back to the community that has supported us so much. We are really fortunate as athletes and to be able to make a little kid’s day really does mean a lot.”