BATON ROUGE – LSU student-athletes, athletic administration, athletic trainers, the L Club, cheerleaders, Tiger Girls and Mike the Tiger came together to give back to the community for the school's annual “Thanksgiving with the Tigers” holiday event held Monday evening at the Maravich Center.
The event was coordinated by the LSU's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes (CCACSA).
Each LSU team was given the opportunity to adopt an underprivileged child through the Big Buddy Program for the evening. Each adopted child ate a Thanksgiving meal with their team as well as received gifts in the spirit of the holiday season.
“I loved seeing the smile on all the kids faces getting to play and interact with the athletes,” gymnast Kaleigh Dickson said. “When our little girl opened her present, she was so excited and happy. It made all of us feel so good and so thankful we were able to give back.”
After the meal, the student-athletes and children played games like basketball, hula hoop and parachute in the Maravich Center.
“Big Buddy is constantly amazed by the generosity and the heart of the people of our community,” said Laurie Hardison, volunteers and public information director. “LSU Athletics is always there when we need them with volunteers and so much more. Thanksgiving with the Tigers is the icing on the cake of their generosity.”
In total, LSU helped 23 children through the “Thanksgiving with the Tigers” event to experience the true essence of what the holiday season is about.
“Being able to give back to children in the community during the holiday season is one of our team’s favorite things to do,” men’s basketball guard Malik Morgan said. “It is always great that we get to share these moments with the children of our community, and we get to give them gifts that they are so thankful for.”