Aug. 12, 2013
RUSTON - There is much more to being a Louisiana Tech soccer player than learning counter attacks and set pieces.
The 18 freshmen newcomers are quickly learning that service, one of the four pillars of the LA Tech program, is equally as important.
During the first two days of preseason camp, when the players were not practicing they were giving a free soccer training session to local kids and visiting 4 Paws Rescue in Ruston, both of which will be main community service causes throughout the season for the team.
"I felt it was important for the ladies to see who they will be helping first hand," said head coach Kevin Sherry. "The ladies loved meeting the dogs and they have agreed to offer their time volunteering to clean up the cages and help feed the dogs. I think this will be great for everyone."
A rotation system will be created so that every day, Monday through Friday, two players will be responsible for assisting the non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of stray, abandoned and neglected dogs in Lincoln Parish.
The Lady Techsters took another break from their busy fall practice schedule to return to Covenant Farms, a family owned and operated farm located about eight miles north of town that the last year's squad visited.
Everyone helped muck out the stables and walk the horses that are boarded, trained and sold by the mother/daughter team of Kathy and Gwen Swanbom. The duo provides the horses and riders with a solid foundation in classical dressage along with show jumping.
Gwen is a Tech alumnus and has a bachelor's degree in Equine Science from Louisiana Tech University.
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