BATON ROUGE -- A pair of LSU student-athletes were the Grand Marshals of the Belfair Elementary School Mardi Gras parade on Friday as part of the Shaquille O'Neal CHAMPS/Life Skills program.
Men’s basketball player Garrett Temple and football player Glenn Dorsey rode in the school’s parade and threw out beads. The parade of kindergarten through fifth graders went around the block of the school.
Temple is in sophomore year for the Tigers. The Baton Rouge native and third generation LSU basketball player helped lead the Tigers to the NCAA Final Four last season with his outstanding defensive play. This year he is averaging over eight points and three rebounds a game.
Dorsey just completed his junior season as a defensive tackle for the Tigers. The first-team All-American from Gonzales was LSU’s third leading tackler and earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors twice. Although he has been projected as a first round NFL draft pick, he announced he will return for his senior season for the Tigers.
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.