SHREVEPORT, La. – The NAIA Champions of Character program promotes five core values – respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, servant-leadership, and integrity. The LSUS baseball team has continually exemplified all of these five core values throughout the years and this fall semester is no different. Most recently, the baseball team was putting the core-value servant-leadership on display as several members could be seen lending helping hands with a clean-up around the H&PE Building. There were 22 players and three coaches on hand on a warm afternoon to help with the cleanup.
Together the work of the team included the following: mowed the grass around the building, edged along sidewalks, landscaped flower beds, power-washed the building, and picked up trash.
"We are trying to focus on being more involved with what is happening on campus," said Coach Al Cantwell, who is beginning his third year at the helm of the Pilots baseball program. "Community service projects are SO IMPORTANT, and we have plans to serve in that area as well, but I believe it is important for our program to not only be seen on campus, but to be seen trying to make an impact on campus life. The HPE Building is our second home away from the field. We take a lot of pride in trying to keep up our facility at Pilots Field, and we just wanted to lend a hand around the building because we can, and we should. Its amazing how much a group of 22 young men can accomplish in two hours. I am proud of our guys for accepting these projects and understanding the importance of them."
LSUS Athletics Director and former winner of the NAIA Coach of Character Award is in his fourth year in leading the athletics has continued his support of the NAIA Champions of Character program, "There are many ways to practice servant leadership. Two of those ways include setting the example of leading by doing and find a need and fill it. Coach Cantwell and the baseball family accomplished both of these things by taking the initiative to give the grounds and building a nice dose of attention. Their work is greatly appreciated. Although it is the win-loss record that many in the community view as to whether or not a sports program is successful, those numbers on both sides of the dash never tell the entire story. Service activities like the one described in this story is what builds relationships among team members and are things they will remember forever. Living out the five core values – respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, servant-leadership, and integrity – lasts a lot longer than an hour celebration of a championship and will mean more to the individual in their lifetime than a ring or a plaque."
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