BATON ROUGE -- LSU student-athletes Peter Dyakowski of football and Andrew Huston of track spoke to students at Belfair Elementary on Wednesday afternoon as part of the Shaquille O'Neal CHAMPS/Life Skills program.
Huston and Dyakowski read with the children and delivered books as part of the National Education Association's Read Across America Program. The NEA, along with the Cat in the Hat and NEA's Books Across America programs, made the stop at Belfair as part of a week-long Reading Relief Tour for Gulf Coast public schools affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
The tour will conduct book drop-offs at more than 40 public schools in more than 26 Gulf Coast cities. It will conclude in New Orleans on March 2, the birthday of children's author Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.
A two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection, Dyakowski is a junior offensive tackle for the Tigers. The first Canadian-born LSU football player, he saw action in five games in 2005 and is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
SAAC members serve as a liaison between student-athletes and athletic & academic support staff playing an essential role in creating regulations and keeping their teammates informed any changes with respect to the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes.
The CHAMPS (Challenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success)/Life Skills Program was designed by the NCAA to help student-athletes realize higher academic achievement, increase likelihood of graduation and enter a chosen profession with a higher level of vision, knowledge, motivation, self-responsibility and greater overall success. In Spring 2003, the CHAMPS/ Life Skills Program honored one of LSU's most memorable graduates, Shaquille O'Neal, by naming the program after him.