BATON ROUGE - LSU student-athletes, athletic trainers, cheerleaders, Tiger Girls and Mike the Tiger will come together to give back to the community for the school's annual holiday event, "Thanksgiving with the Tigers," which will be held on Monday, November 12 at the Maravich Center.
The event is coordinated by the LSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes (CCACSA).
"I'm really looking forward to Thanksgiving with the Tigers this year," SAAC President and volleyball outside hitter Madie Jones said. "It's a great event for all the student-athletes to give gifts and play games with children from the community who wouldn't be able to celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas the way that we normally would."
"The kids are always so sweet and extremely thankful for the smallest things, which reminds us how lucky we are and to think about all the little things we take for granted every day," Jones continued. "I hope we get a great turnout this year, and that all the teams are really able to connect with their 'adopted' kids so that we can be reminded how to enjoy the little things in life. It's always special to watch their faces light up as they unwrap the gifts that they've always wanted but were never able to purchase."
Each LSU team will be given the opportunity to adopt an underprivileged child through St. Vincent de Paul for the evening. Each adopted child will eat a Thanksgiving meal with their team as well as receive gifts in the spirit of the holiday season.
"This time of year is all about giving, and the Thanksgiving with the Tigers event allows our student-athletes to give back to the community that gives so much to them," Assistant Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Civic Engagement Jade Bryan said.