SHREVEPORT, La. – 51 elementary students from Meadowview Elementary School in Bossier City, ranging from 3rd to 5th grade, were rewarded for their good scores on their LEAP or iLEAP testing a few weeks ago. The trip fulfilled the promise made by the Pilots basketball teams a few months ago when they visited the students for a pep rally before the testing began. The promise was if the students did a good on their tests then they would be rewarded a field trip to The Dock to play basketball and that is exactly what they did today.
The students arrived around 9:30 a.m. and quickly got their chance to see what they could do as they shot hoops for about 10 minutes before LSUS Athletic Director Chad McDowell huddled the troops at mid-court to congratulate them for a great school year and a job well done on their test.
McDowell ended his part by asking the children if they could remember the Champions of Character Five Core Values that he had taught them exactly four months ago when the teams visited Meadowview. And they remembered them all, Respect, Responsibility, Sportsmanship, Servant Leadership, and Integrity.
LSUS men's head coach Kyle Blankenship took over and led the 51 students through some basketball drills which included several competitions to find out who is the best listener and then one to see who handled the basketball the best.
Following the camp-style basketball drills Coach Blankenship then split up the groups into teams for a contest to see who could make five baskets the quickest.
The students worked up quite an appetite during the hour and a half but did not go back to Meadowview on an empty stomach as they finished their field trip with a nice lunch before boarding the bus to head back to Bossier City.
A sack lunch was provided by their school but they gobbled up all of the pizza provided by LSUS Athletics first and if they had room then they finished their school lunch.