BATON ROUGE -- LSU football standouts Dwayne Bowe and Glenn Dorsey participated in "Tiger Math" at Kenilworth Middle School on Tuesday morning as part of the Shaquille O'Neal CHAMPS/Life Skills program.
The student-athletes led three eight-grade math classes totaling about 70 students in a math activity in the school's library while also giving them a motivational talk about the importance of education and staying in school as well as teamwork and what it was like to be an athlete at LSU.
As part of the math project, the students were taught about ratios. The eight graders measured the lengths of the student-athletes' shoes, their hand span and their height and used those measurements to set up different ratios.
The student-athletes participated in the event as guests of LSU College of Education student Sarah Rihner, who is student-teaching at Kenilworth Middle School this semester.
A senior wide receiver, Bowe is on the Biletnikoff Award watch list and ranks second in career receiving touchdowns in LSU history, one behind former Tiger standout and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Michael Clayton. Last weekend against Kentucky, Bowe set a career-high with three touchdown receptions. The Miami native is currently tied for second in the SEC with six receiving touchdowns.
A junior defensive tackle, Dorsey is one of the best defensive players in the country on the nation's top-rated defense that was tabbed the "Baddest in the Land" by "The Sporting News". A midseason All-American by both CBSSportsline.com and SI.com, Dorsey has earned Southeastern Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week honors twice this season. The Gonzales native has recorded 31 tackles this year, including a team-high seven tackles for loss.
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.