Student-Athletes Help 'Give a Kid a Smile'

LSU football cornerback Jalen Collins
LSU football cornerback Jalen Collins
Steve Franz
Caroline Downer
Caroline Downer

BATON ROUGE - LSU volleyball player Madi Mahaffey and cornerback Jalen Collins took part in "Give Kids a Smile Day" at the Associates in Pediatric Dentistry Office inside the Women's Hospital Friday.

This national event is hosted by the American Dental Association (ADA), and this is the fifth consecutive year that LSU has taken part in the day's events.

The two-student athletes visited the dentist office and interacted with and colored pictures with the children in the waiting room. Both sophomores were also able to stay with the patients as they met with a dentist and had their teeth cleaned.

"The kids were great and so happy to see us," Mahaffey said. "Jalen (Collins) and I could really see how excited they were to see us and have us there supporting them."

Each year on the first Friday in February, thousands of the nation's dentists and their dental team members provide free oral health care services to children from low-income families across the country.

The ADA's "Give Kids a Smile" program enhances the oral health of large numbers of needy children. "Give Kids a Smile" activities also highlight for policy makers the ongoing challenges that disadvantaged families face in finding dental care.

 

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