BATON ROUGE -- Orlando Gunn, a member of LSU’s national championship football team, spoke to elementary students at Howell Park Elementary on Thursday morning as part of the Shaquille O'Neal CHAMPS/Life Skills program.
With the student from the third, fourth and fifth grade classes preparing to take the LEAP tests next week, Gunn spoke to the students about the importance of test taking and how to stay focused in school.
Gunn is one of the football representatives of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. The council serves as the governing body for the LSU student-athletes. Council members sponsor many community service events including the Halloween BOOzar and the Christmas Toy Drive.
SAAC members also serve as liaison between student-athletes and athletic & academic support staff playing an essential role in creating regulations and keeping their teammates informed any changes with respect to the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes.
The CHAMPS (Challenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success)/Life Skills Program was designed by the NCAA to help student-athletes realize higher academic achievement, increase likelihood of graduation and enter a chosen profession with a higher level of vision, knowledge, motivation, self-responsibility and greater overall success. In Spring 2003, the CHAMPS/ Life Skills Program honored one of LSU's most memorable graduates, Shaquille O'Neal, by naming the program after him.