BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU hosted this year's student-athletes for the annual Back-to-School Bash at the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes Sunday evening, giving the returning student-athletes a chance to reunite with each other in a relaxed setting before classes begin on Monday.
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee hosted "The Return", which was opened by Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva.
"You're not invisible, you're not invincible," Alleva said, imparting wise words to the student-athletes during the usually light-hearted event.
The student-athletes were entertained by a game of "Tiger" Family Feud that pitted head coaches Paul Maineri, Dennis Shaver, D.D. Breaux, Johnny Jones and Nikki Caldwell against student-athletes from each of the squads. The coaches defeated the players in dramatic fashion after falling behind in the early rounds.
The attendees were addressed by current SAAC President and volleyball player Katie Lindelow who couldn't resist sharing a joke with the new and returning Tigers in attendance.
"Why can't your nose be 12 inches long," Lindelow mused. "Because then, it'll be a foot."
Following a video highlighting the many feats of the department, president of the National L Club, Eric Reid, spoke to the recipients. The jackets awarded by the L Club symbolize an authentic and influential relationship between letterwinners and LSU.
Sophomore offensive lineman and jacket recipient Jerald Hawkins reflected upon the honor.
"It's really an accomplishment to tell you the truth," Hawkins said. "To come to LSU and letter, especially in football, is a big accomplishment."
The event was capped off by the newly awarded letter winners placing their lettermen jackets on in unison, and posing for a group photo.