Pilots Continue to Give Back
January 09, 2008
Shreveport, La. - Throughout the years, the LSUS men's basketball team has continually given back to the community. Summer camps, volunteer work at special events around the city, attending birthday parties and speaking at various schools around the city are just are just a few of the ways the team has given back in the past.
Not only are the 2007-08 Pilots continuing the success on the floor, they are also keeping up the tradition of LSUS Basketball by giving back to the community on a regular basis. As mentioned above, visiting local schools and spending quality time with some of the students is one of the most popular ways for the Pilots to give back. At every school visit, the players use their talents and knowledge of the game of basketball to teach the students on how they can become better basketball players, but more importantly they seize the opportunity to talk to these young students about the importance of teamwork, possessing a good attitude and doing their best in school.
The latest visit for the Pilots came on Monday afternoon when practice for seniors Josh Porter, Travis Cash, Jamon Morris, Paul Marlow, J'Quincy Jones and starting point guard Jared Stevenson was cut short by an hour in order to visit the Ridgewood Middle School basketball team. In addition to the six players, head coach Chad McDowell and assistant coach Ryan Edwards led the Ridgewood Basketball team through several drills, and taught the student-athletes the importance of the fundamentals of basketball.
Following the 45-minute workout, the Raider basketball team carefully listened to the players and Coach McDowell as the Pilots talked about the ingredients of being successful. As usual, Coach McDowell finished with a challenge to everyone in the room of striving daily to be the best they can be in everything they do.
The Pilots concluded the day by interacting with some of the Ridgewood students in the gym as they waited for school to end. Several Pilots showed off their leaping ability with a series of high-flying dunks, and then challenged a few of the Raider basketball players to a couple of shooting contests.
The afternoon was full of teaching, learning and a lot of fun for everyone involved. It seems certain that Monday's visit from the Pilots was one that members of the Raider basketball team will not soon forget.
Reminder: LSUS hosts Belhaven College on Thursday night at The Dock. The double-header will begin with the women's game at 5:30. The men's game will follow at approximately 7:30. Please be sure to come out and show your support for our basketball teams.