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LSU Athletics Enjoys Thanksgiving with the Tigers

Chelsey Chamberlain
Chelsey Chamberlain
Asst. Communications Director

BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU student-athletes went the extra mile Tuesday evening during an event called “Thanksgiving with the Tigers,” showing the community how much they love and appreciate their support throughout the year.

The event took place in the men’s basketball practice gym of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center just before the start of the men’s basketball game against Memphis. The event is an annual Christmas-themed community engagement initiative where each team adopts a child through the Big Buddy program, and provides him or her with Christmas presents.

“Thanksgiving with the Tigers is our favorite event,” said LSU volleyball player Katie Kampen. “Because it is a great opportunity to see the kids and how happy they are when they receive their gifts. It is super rewarding, not only for them, but for us too. We are all thankful for this event and what we have together.”

Big smiles filled the gym everywhere, from both the children and student-athletes. A lot of the student-athletes seemed to be enjoying the event just as much as the children.

“It’s a really great event,” said men’s golfer Luis Gagne. “This is my fourth year doing this event and it’s something I look forward to it every year. Because something that isn’t a big deal for us, like eating turkey and getting presents, it means a lot to the kids and seeing the smile on their faces is pretty great.”

Kids and their parents found the event pleasant, and thought that it was a nice gesture of the LSU athletic program. All of the children enjoyed the time that they spent with the student-athletes, which ranged from eating a Thanksgiving Day dinner, to playing a variety of games, such as basketball, volleyball and even tag.

After the event, participants and student-athletes attended the men’s basketball game, cheering the Tigers on in the PMAC.

The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes is a 54,000 square foot facility comprised of an academic affairs, student affairs and an information technology team, serving more than 530 student-athletes. The purpose is to provide an all-inclusive, student-centered support structure for all student-athletes from matriculation, through graduation and life beyond.

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