BATON ROUGE – Children from all over the Baton Rouge community came out for the 18th annual Halloween BOOzar event Sunday morning at the Maravich Center.
“We feel like the event was a major success with 248 student-athletes in attendance and every team having participation, whether on the road or not,” Assistant Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Civic Engagement Jade Bryan said. “I want to personally thank all the coaches and staff members that made it out to the event. We appreciate your strong presence in helping impress upon the student-athletes the importance of giving back to the community.”
Upon walking in, children and their families were asked to donate canned goods for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Then, they were given autograph sheets that they could bring to every student-athlete, cheerleader or Tiger Girl at the event to sign.
While the student-athletes signed autographs and met their numerous young fans, the children were provided with a safe trick-or-treating atmosphere as they collected candy at each sport's station. Every team also offered a game related to their sport that they played along with the children.
Men's and women's basketball set up a goal and hosted a shooting contest, both golf teams had a small putt-putt scene and men's and women's tennis set up a miniature net for children to show off their skills in one-on-one matches.
Men’s basketball sophomore guard Malik Morgan enjoyed interacting with the children at the event and seeing the children in their creative costumes.
“It was great seeing and interacting with the kids,” Morgan said. “I like participating in events like this one with my team because we are able to give back and put smiles on families faces.”
Even though this Halloween BOOzar was held before LSU volleyball’s five-set victory over Arkansas, some of the players were still able to come out and spend time with the children.
“It was so much fun to have a chance to play with the kids while they were all dressed up and excited for Halloween,” volleyball sophomore outside hitter Katie Lindelow said. “My team had a great time playing with the children, and it was awesome that they came to support us once the BOOzar was over.”
While the student-athletes enjoy dressing up and seeing all the other sports do the same, they understand that the BOOzar is really for the children and the community.
"It was great fun to put on an event for the children in our community,” football’s Jamie Keehn said. “It was awesome to see all the children dressed up in their costumes having fun, playing games and trick or treating.”