LA Tech's football program sponsored its fifth annual Pigskins and Pearls Luncheon, organized by Jennifer Holtz, at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant in which head coach Skip Holtz, along with his assistant coaches, student-athletes and coaches' wives, gave fans a glimpse into the day-to-day occurrences of the Bulldog program and the people involved.
"This is always a fun day," head coach Skip Holtz said. "It is for such a great cause for the Boys and Girls Club and the sponsors involved gave us a great chance to do this again and raise some money for the kids. We had some of the kids from the club here today and that is what it is all about.
"This is something the coaches enjoy doing. It is a laid-back and relaxed event. There is always a lot of energy and enthusiasm in the room. It is a day we enjoy coming out here and having the opportunity to mingle with a lot of the fans that have been so loyal to this program."
In its fifth year of existence, a sold out crown gathered for the Pigskins and Pearls Luncheon with all proceeds benefitting the local Boys and Girls Club, who had several representatives, including a handful of kids that are members of the local club, present to experience the day for themselves. Assistant coaches Manny Diaz, Joe Sloan and Jabbar Juluke also spoke to the packed house and answered questions from the fans, as did LA Tech players Adairius Barnes, Mitchell Bell, Kenneth Dixon, Richard Greenwalt and Tony Johnson.
"To see that we sold twice as many seats this year than we did a year ago and to see the way this event is growing, it really speaks to how much the fans are enjoying this day," Holtz said. "To have the number of coaches get up and speak, as well as the players and wives, it is really neat to see more people coming to the event every year and having a good time."
The annual women's clinic not only provided Bulldogs fans an in-depth look at the players and coaches, but benefitted the Boys and Girls Club with all proceeds donated to the club. Participants were also encouraged to bring various school supplies and backpacks for the local kids.
"This is a really important event for our kids to attend just for the exposure and opportunity to use what they learn at the Boys and Girls Club as far as etiquette, dressing well and presenting themselves in public," Sabrina Love, the unit director for the Boys and Girls Club, said. "This is a great event that shows the kids that people care what they are doing in the community. We do a lot of sporting events with basketball, football and other sports, but being able to actually meet the players and see them was a great experience."
The luncheon also featured several door prizes given away to some lucky female LA Tech fans in attendance, including the main giveaway, a pearl necklace and matching set of earrings courtesy of Baldwins Antique Jewelry in Ruston.
"This is the first year we have been able to attend this event and it is for such a great cause, so I really enjoyed myself today," Carolyn Ashley, one of the avid LA Tech fans in attendance, said. "I am also involved with the Ouachita Valley Quarterback Club, so I have worked with Coach Holtz and some of the other coaches before, but they were all great and put on a really nice day for all of the fans. I am excited about the coaching staff and everything that is going on for the program right now."
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