Aug. 8, 2012
WEST MONROE, La. - With basketball season rapidly approaching, Bulldog staff members and players took time away from the court to visit with the Boys and Girls Club in West Monroe.
The LA Tech ticket office coordinated the community outreach event after some of the club kids came to a game last year to see the Bulldogs play.
Director of Basketball Operations Justin Argenal and the players spoke to about 35 kids, ages 7-11, on what Louisiana Tech looks for in a student-athlete, with a strong emphasis on the `student.'
"Being able to express to young people the importance of education and staying active is always great," said Argenal. "It is great for our student-athletes to get out in our community and represent not only Louisiana Tech athletics but our University in a positive manner."
Graduate assistant Ryan Geary, along with Bulldog players J.L. Lewis, Michale Kyser and Kenneth Smith, interacted with the boys and girls for about an hour answering questions, providing motivation and going through fundamental basketball drills like dribbling and passing.
The kids particularly enjoyed watching the slam dunks performed by the players.
The Boys and Girls Club promotes and enhances the development of boys and girls by providing a positive place for kids to receive tutoring, sports education and mentoring.
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