SHREVEPORT, La. – Every year kids from local schools carve pumpkins and participate in the Pumpkin Shine on Line Avenue held at Betty Virginia Park. This annual event is in its 24th year and has grown to see thousands of participants and spectators. This year a new twist was added as the LSUS baseball players each carved their own pumpkin and set up a marvelous display to be seen by thousands last night.
Head Coach Al Cantwell though it would be a fun activity for the players and a good way to get the new colors and logo of LSUS Athletics out there for everyone to see. "We have asked a lot of these young men this fall off the field. The pumpkin shine event is a great night that is enjoyed by thousands of Shreveport-Bossier families every year. When I told them we were having a Pumpkin Party, I believe they thought I was joking! But we had a lot of fun, they made some great pumpkins, and the LSUS display was a huge hit on Line Avenue. It was a great opportunity for the people in our community to see our brand, to see that we want to support this area as much as we possibly can, and in turn, we hope they come out and support our athletics on campus and be just as proud as we are about what we have going on here."
The baseball team had a pumpkin carving party on Monday night to prepare their jack-o-lanterns for the event that took place on Tuesday night. Most of the players carved their favorite Major League Baseball team in their pumpkins while some chose to go another route with their artistic carving abilities.
Senior catcher Jared Vial was one of all who enjoyed the unique event, "I had a lot of fun doing the pumpkin carvings. It was fun to do something different with the team other than our normal routine."
All of the carved pumpkins were set up on an LSUS decorated baseball field complete with the new colors and logo of LSUS Athletics.
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