BATON ROUGE – One look at the trophy case reveals just how important community service involvement is to members of the LSU Soccer program as they are winners of the coveted Tiger Cup in four of the last five seasons as the award is presented by the Tiger Athletic Foundation each spring during its annual Academic Excellence Gala.
The Tiger Cup is an award given annually to the athletic program at LSU that best represents the University in competition, in the classroom and in the community.
The recipient of the Tiger Cup each year is determined by combining a team’s final conference and national ranking with its performance on the field along with its cumulative team grade-point average and community service hours accumulated off the field during the previous academic year.
LSU Soccer won the Tiger Cup in four-straight years in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 before being unseated by the gymnastics team as the Tiger Cup winners at the 2013 TAF Academic Excellence Gala.
The driving force of LSU Soccer’s community service outreach each and every season is Jade Bryan, the Assistant Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Civic Management in the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes. Bryan helps coordinate community service projects for each of LSU’s athletic programs while working with the Shaquille O’Neal Life Skills Program.
Bryan met with the LSU Soccer team on Tuesday afternoon to talk more about community service planning as part of the new season, and introduce LSU’s freshman class to the importance of their community services involvement as a way to impact the Baton Rouge community in a positive way and have a well-rounded college experience while at LSU.
“Our soccer team historically has been one of the most active teams on campus in terms of community service,” Bryan said. “Coach (Brian) Lee and his staff are so very supportive of our community service initiatives at LSU, and they teach their players the importance of civic responsibility and giving back to the community that supports them each and every day.”
Bryan talked more about how community service involvement helps LSU’s student-athletes mature as young adults during their playing careers as Tigers.
“Our motto in the academic center is ‘Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve.’ That’s what our student-athletes are buying into when they step onto this campus,” Bryan said. “A student-athlete not only gains a strong sense of self-worth, but also experiences personal satisfaction and growth from volunteering and participating in community service activities. It is really a win-win situation for them to get involved in community outreach at LSU because they are able to make a difference in the lives of others and learn so many life lessons along the way.
“The soccer team is preparing to have a year-long community service pledge to an organization where the players will be rotating on a weekly basis to serve the organization. I’m very excited to help them with this and look forward to the great work they’ll continue to do in the Baton Rouge community.”