HAUGHTON, La. – The LSUS men's and women's basketball teams were on hand for the 5th Annual Easter Seals Golf Classic last month at Olde Oaks Golf Course. The Pilots helped out wherever needed as they assisted with team sign ups and kept the golfers refreshed with drinks and snacks throughout the day.
"This is one of our favorite community service events that we are involved with annually," said LSUS men's head coach Kyle Blankenship. "Easter Seals helps so many young people in our area who are living with a disability, and our hope each year is that our presence at the golf tournament fundraiser will put a smile on their faces and let them know we care. We have met some awesome kids over the years, and this year was no different. We had the opportunity to hang out with Austin Welch, who has cerebral palsy, and his positive attitude throughout the day was definitely inspiring to us all."
Easter Seals Louisiana is a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities achieve independence and men's basketball assistant coach Derrick Greene is the Project Manager for Easter Seals.
"We're happy to have our players come out and help support the Easter Seals Golf Tournament along with Coach Greene," said LSUS women's head coach Valerie Huizar. "He is a vital part of the LSUS family, and we're proud of our players for continually giving back to the community in events like these. Serving the community helps our student-athletes build character. The character of our student-athletes will outlasts their talents on a basketball floor so it's important we give them every opportunity to build into their lives the five core values of the Champions of Character program."