Classroom & Community
Photo by:Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer
Student-Athletes Visit Local School
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Published: May 01, 2014, 10:20 AM (CT)

BATON ROUGE – Members of the LSU football and men’s golf teams and the cheerleading squad spent their afternoon on Tuesday by visiting with the students at local Gardere Community Christian School as they continue to mentor and serve as role models for the youth in Baton Rouge as part of their community service efforts.

All nine members of the LSU Men’s Golf team visited the students from 3-4:30 p.m. CT, including seniors Smylie Kaufman, a former member of the SEC Men’s Golf Community Service Team, and Landon Lyons; juniors Stewart Jolly, Myles Lewis, Ben Taylor and Curtis Thompson; sophomore Zach Wright and freshmen Brandon Pierce and Eric Ricard.

LSU’s football players mentoring the students included juniors Danielle Hunter and Jamie Keehn, sophomores Christian LaCouture and Duke Riley and redshirt freshman Hayden Rettig.

LSU’s student-athletes spoke to the kids about achieving their goals and staying positive as they go through school. The men’s golfers later taught the kids how to hold and swing a golf club, and then had a contest with the students to see who could hit a tennis ball the farthest.

“The golf team thoroughly enjoyed talking to and playing with the students at Gardere,” Kaufman said. “We were all extremely impressed with the students and their staff, and we all believe that this school is heading in the right direction."

The football players organized various throwing and sprinting challenges for the kids to take part in during their visit.

“It was great getting out into the community to help children that look up to you so much,” Keehn said following the event. “It's always enjoyable to give back and see children's faces light up by our presence."

 

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