BATON ROUGE – Current and former student-athletes from LSU’s softball and soccer teams took time out of their summer break to help the Cancer Services group with the inaugural Camp Climb on June 19.
Catalina Rubiano of the Tiger soccer squad and Constance Quinn, Alayna Falcon, Bailey Landry, Sandra Simmons and Dylan Supak of the LSU softball team, along former softball players Jacee Blades, Alex Boulet and Allison Falcon participated in the event.
Former softball player Simone Heyward worked in coordination with the Cancer Services group to plan Camp Climb. This day camp was for children ages 5-13 who have a parent or guardian who either has cancer or has recently survived it.
“We’re really grateful that Simone set us up with the opportunity to go out and have fun with these kids,” Supak said. “We had a water balloon fight that was a blast. One girl asked me to fill her up a balloon to bring home as a keepsake. That showed me how important Camp Climb is to them. It’s amazing how taking a couple of hours out of your day can make such an impact on someone else.”
The student-athletes interacted with the campers and played games with them throughout the day.
“These student-athletes were awesome with our kids at Camp Climb,” John Boudreaux, the Chief Development Officer of Cancer Services, said. “For 20 years, we have hosted a camp for kids with cancer, but this camp was designed for those kids who can often be forgotten. It was an amazing week, and your teams played a huge role in making these dreams come true.”