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Football Players Take Part in Buddy Ball
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Published: February 13, 2010, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: February 14, 2010, 08:54 AM (CT)
by Matt Dunaway, Associate SID

BATON ROUGE - Ten members of the LSU Football team took time out of their Mardi Gras holiday Saturday afternoon to spend some time with the Buddy Ball group from Beauregard, La. at the LSU football indoor practice facility. 

Football players Dominique Allen, Drayton Calhoun, Chris Davenport, Orlando Gunn, DJ Howard, Craig Loston, Jordan Newell, Russell Shepard, Curtis Sutera and Chris Wells participated in a mock football game against the Beauregard Superstarz team.

"Community service is all about making people happy," Loston said. "Today I came out here to see people smile and enjoy themselves."

The Superstarz team was made up of over 60 special-needs individuals of all ages. Director of the Buddy Sports and Arts Program Gayla Guidry said that the event was a once in a lifetime event for the buddies, many of which had never held a football before today.

"The event today empowered persons with any type of disability to be included in the real world where dreams come true," Guidry said.

The Superstarz travel across the state and play against different teams. They competed against the McNeese State football team last fall and will travel to New Orleans next month to play against the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.

For more information on the event visit the organization's Web site at


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