BATON ROUGE - LSU athletics had 14 of its student-athletes volunteer with Big Buddy as the organization celebrated its 14th-annual Day of Mentor Program last Friday which gave local elementary and middle school students a first-hand college experience.
The participants had the opportunity to shadow the LSU student-athletes representing four different programs, which included football, gymnastics, track & field, and softball.
After meeting their Little Buddies at breakfast, the LSU student-athletes rode the school bus to campus. The Little Buddies went to classes and toured the athletic facilities, where their Big Buddies compete and train. The day concluded with a special luncheon and goodbye ceremony.
"We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves," softball's Jacee Blades said. "Not only did we receive the opportunity to stress the importance of academics and goals to our youth as mentors, we also were blessed to remember when we were that age to keep in mind how fast the years go by and to follow our goals passionately each day."
"My favorite part of the day was seeing my mentee for the first time when he walked in our gym," gymnastics' Ericka Garcia said. "His face lit up, and she was so excited to be where he was. It's a great feeling to be a role model for kids who need them."
Big Buddy established the "Day of a Mentor" program in 1998 to bring awareness to the service of mentoring and to motivate members of the community to become involved and make a difference in the life of a child.
2012 Big Buddy Day of Mentor Participants
Jordan Allen - Football
Jacee Blades - Softball
Alfred Blue - Football
Kadron Boone - Football
Chris Davenport - Football
Lainie Fleming - Gymnastics
Ericka Garcia - Gymnastics
Randi Lau - Gymnastics
Terrence Magee - Football
Zach Mettenberger - Football
Barkevious Mingo - Football
Brittany Porter - Track & Field
Britney Taylor - Gymnastics
Spencer Ware - Football