Nov. 29, 2012
BEAUMONT - With the semester beginning to wind down and the holiday break just around the corner, Lamar Athletics hosted families from the Beaumont Women and Children's Shelter to celebrate Christmas with the Cardinals on Wednesday at McDonald Gym.
"This is a great opportunity for our student-athletes, cheerleaders and dancers to give back to the community," LU Community Affairs coordinator Tic Price said. "I think they have played a very important role in making sure these kids have a smile on their face for the holidays."
The event brought together student-athletes from every program at Lamar with the children who are living at the shelter.
Wednesday's activities started with a performance by both the cheer and dance teams before student-athletes and children alike joined in to do "The Wobble."
"I'm excited that we can come out here and help make their Christmas," said LU sprinter Ashley Idunoba. "We're out here for a good cause, and I think it affects all of us to come out see the kids have fun. I loved to get out there and get dancing with them, even if it took a little while for everybody to join in."
Attention was then turned to a game of kickball featuring the kids with the athletes taking the roles of coaches and fielders.
"It's great to come out here and see smiles on the kids' faces," said LU linebacker James Washington, who also played the role of second base coach on Wednesday night. "I liked seeing them have a good time, and it makes me feel good to know that I'm doing something positive. It's just a great environment here tonight."
Following the game, the main attraction began as teams presented each of their "Christmas Pals" with a number of gifts, including dolls, coats and bicycles.