BATON ROUGE, La. – Members of the LSU swimming and diving, soccer and sand volleyball teams recently made a trip to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital to attend a special party for a patient who was receiving her final treatment of chemotherapy at the hospital.
As part of the continuing community service initiatives by the Shaquille O’Neal Life Skills Program at the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes, Hannah Martin, Caley Oquist, Colin Finnegan, and Frank Greef of the swimming and diving team, Lily Alfeld, Natalia Gomez-Junco, Heather Magee, Mariel McLaughlin, Fernanda Pina, Tori Sample, and Ella Williams from soccer and Victoria Boraski, Emma Hiller, Callan Molle, Maria Orellana, and Riley Young from sand volleyball all took part in the event.
Along with the Tigers, the “No Mo Chemo” party was attended by Raegan, the patient and big LSU fan, her family and friends, where the student-athletes talked about their respective sports and their experiences at LSU. The party also included the LSU players showcasing their singing abilities, as the group sang “Roar” by Katy Perry and a special song written by the doctors at OLOL specifically for the occasion.
The Shaquille O'Neal Life Skills Program was created by the NCAA foundation in 1991 in an effort to support and enhance the total student-athlete development within a university environment. The total student-athlete development components are comprised of a commitment to academics, personal development, service, career development, and athletics.