Shadow A Student - Athlete Day A Hit At Tulane

April 18, 2001

Donna Turner

Tulane University sponsored its annual "Shadow a Student-Athlete Day" on Tuesday, April 10th. Tulane student-athletes representing every sport paired up with sixth-graders from Lafayette Elementary School for what has become one of the most popular community service events of the year. Over 60 elementary school students arrived at the Wilson Center at 9 a.m. and were met by Tulane student-athletes and Director of Athletics Rick Dickson.

Following a brief interactive session with Dickson, in which he stressed the importance of "staying in school, staying away from drugs, and dreaming big," the children were paired with their student-athletes. At that point, the Tulane students escorted the elementary students through a "day at college."

Activities included going to classes, stopping by the dorm rooms, visiting the training rooms and weight rooms, practices or off-season work-outs, and lunch at Bruff Commons on campus. WDSU Channel 6 Education Reporter Ro Brown was also on hand to interview many of the children and student-athletes about their experiences.

"This is our third year of this event and it has been the best one yet," Tulane senior and track and field standout Angela Milner said. "We had more student-athletes this year than elementary students, which shows how much they enjoy spending the time with the children. And it is great to be role models for these kids."

Milner is also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB), the student-organization which coordinated the event. SAAB is a group of Green Wave student-athletes from all sports which is assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience and to offer input on the rules, regulations and polices that affect student-athletes' lives. They are also heavily involved with community service activities on the Tulane campus.

"It's a good opportunity for young students to spend the day with a good role model," said Tulane track and field athlete Lyndie Galka, who has participated in the event during each of the three years it has been held at Tulane. "We are able to show them something positive that really could affect their lives and motivate and inspire them to go to college."

Tulane plans to continue with its annual "Shadow a Student-Athlete Day," as well as participating in numerous other community service activities. For more information, contact Academic Advisor Inemesit O'Boyle at (504) 865-1238.

"Tulane is committed to making its presence felt in the community," O'Boyle said. "We have a great group of student-athletes who want to be involved in events like this and I hope we can continue to build our role in the New Orleans community throughout the year."

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