BATON ROUGE – LSU had 16 of its freshmen student-athletes get acclimated to serving the Baton Rouge community Friday as part of the Summer Academic Success Program (SASP) put on by LSU’s Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes (CCASCA) when 20 campers from Heritage Ranch visited campus.
The campers got to interact with the student-athletes and received an inside look into what a day in the life of being a student-athlete is like. They also got to tour LSU’s Football Operations Center, Tiger Stadium, LSU Basketball’s Practice Facility and the Academic Center during their five hours on-campus.
Leading the tours were football’s Jarvis Landry, gymnast Jessie Jordan and former swimmer Timmy Dasinger. They introduced the freshmen student-athletes to the campers and led question-answer sessions.
“This was a great opportunity for LSU student-athletes to welcome Heritage Ranch and their campers to our campus,” Jordan said. “We enjoyed sharing what it’s like to have the privilege of representing LSU and what our lives are like as student-athletes. Hopefully, we were able to encourage the campers today to strive to achieve their goals and to keep working hard towards high school and college.”
“Anytime I have the chance, I try to have an influence on kids and their lives,” Landry said. “It was special today to get to spread the pride and tradition of this great University. It means the world to me to have an impact on the youth of our society.”
“I enjoyed getting to meet everyone and getting to see their smiles today,” freshmen men’s basketball player Darcy Malone said. “I want to help the community as I transition into my new home here in Baton Rouge and LSU.”
Below is a complete list of 2013 SASP participants.
2013 SASP Participants
Tashawn Bower, Football
Alden Cartwright, Baseball
Sydney Ewing, Gymnastics
Ashleigh Gnat, Gymnastics
Rickey Jefferson, Football
Kara Kopsco, Swimming & Diving
Katie Lagarde, Swimming & Diving
Darcy Malone, Men’s Basketball
K.J. Malone, Football
Andrew Mitchell, Baseball
Raigyne Moncrief, Women’s Basketball
Lewis Neal, Football
Shonacee Oliva, Gymnastics
DeSean Smith, Football
Austin Suits, Football
Lionel Williams, Football