Classroom & Community
Photo by:Chris Parent, LSU Athletics Student Photographer
Fun for All at 15th-Annual Halloween BOOzar
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Published: October 28, 2010, 08:54 PM (CT)
by Ali Manion, Student Assistant SID

BATON ROUGE - LSU athletes treated children from the Baton Rouge area to a night of Halloween fun at LSU athletics' 15th annual Halloween BOOzar, held at the Carl Maddox Field House Thursday evening.

The event featured student-athletes from every LSU athletic team handing out candy, signing autographs, taking pictures and playing sport-specific games with the children. Posters from every athletic team were given out as well.

To get in the Halloween spirit, many of the athletes also came in costume.

"I like dressing up, bonding with the kids and bonding with my team," LSU senior volleyball player Britney Johnson said. "It's cool to see all the athletes in one place giving back."

Johnson, along with her teammates, played a game of volleyball with a few of the kids on a mini court. Members of the tennis team also engaged in a tennis match with some of the children. The LSU gymnastics team helped trick-or-treaters across a balance beam, while members of the LSU football team signed autographs, took pictures and even helped the children throw footballs at a target.

Kicker Josh Jasper said he enjoys seeing them get into the Halloween spirit.

"I like seeing the kids dressed up and happy that it's Halloween, getting candy and having a good time," he said.

Other teams such as swimming and diving, track and field, basketball, the Tiger Girls and cheerleaders signed autographs, handed out candy and took pictures. Mike the Tiger, dressed in his infamous "Thriller" costume, was also on hand for pictures and autographs.

The Halloween BOOzar was another opportunity for LSU student-athletes to serve and interact with the community.

"I really like to get familiar with the kids that come to our games all the time," Johnson said. "It's a great way to give back to the community."

 

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