BATON ROUGE -- Five LSU Swimming and Diving freshmen participated in this weekend's "I'm a Good Kid Too Youth Festival" put on by the O'Brien House at the local BREC facility.
The athletes, Jessie James, Stacey Stanfield, Taryn MacKenzie, Danielle Stirrat and Caley Oquist served as role models and celebrity guests at this year's event. The free community event was designed to thank kids for making good choices.
Local agencies were on hand at the venue to provide information and resources to youth and parents on the dangers of substance abuse and violence, and to explain the services they provide to the community.
The student-athletes also provided goodies and autographs for the kids.
"The kids were fascinated with the fact that we are swimmers, and it was special for them to come up and tell us that they wanted to go to LSU someday just like us," Oquist said. "We were constantly smiling throughout the event. Parents would come up to us and tell us how much it meant to their kids that we were there and that we were role models for the youth in our community. It was an event that we were really happy to contribute to its success."
The LSU women's swimming team will travel to Nashville, Tenn. to take on Vanderbilt on Wednesday.