Dec. 10, 2013
BEAUMONT, Texas -
As a part of the conference wide initiative, Christmas in the Southland, Lamar student-athletes visited the Buckner Children's home Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Approximately 80 student-athletes representing eight different teams spent time with the children Friday evening.
"Our athletes have established a great relationship with the Buckner Children's Home," said Lamar Academic Specialist Andrew Caudill. "Throughout the course of the year our athletes routinely stop by just to spend time with the children. I know the athletes enjoy it, and the kids always seem to have a good time."
Over the course of the fall semester, Lamar student-athletes have beat a path to the children's home just to spend time with the kids. The student-athletes compete in everything from basketball, volleyball, kickball, soccer and football, to playing board games and reading stories.
Buckner Children's Village seeks to transform the lives of vulnerable children and build strong families through Christ-centered living. The Children's Village assists with foster care, adoption, residential care and transition programs. It also provides counseling, after-school programs as well as job-readiness training.
"Our athletes look forward to every opportunity they have to give back to the community," said Caudill. "Beaumont, and the whole Golden Triangle area, does a great job of supporting our teams, and this is just a small way that we can give back to the community that has given so much to us. It takes on extra meaning at this time of the year as well."
Spending time at the Buckner Children's home was just one of three events that saw Lamar athletes outside the competition arena over the weekend. The Lamar softball team went to the Arc to spend time with special needs children, while the baseball and softball teams combined to spend time with less fortunate children at Triumph Church Saturday morning.