Oct. 24, 2013
PORT NECHES, Texas –Lamar University softball players are living their dream of being Division I student-athletes. They’re also encouraging youngsters in the Golden Triangle to hold on to their dreams as well.
Ten members of the LU softball team presented the program “A Healthy Me Is Drug Free” at Woodcrest Elementary School’s “Follow Your Dreams Day” in the school gymnasium Thursday. The event was part of the school’s Red Ribbon Week.
More than 300 youngsters, all dressed in pajamas, were wide awake as the Lamar players talked about the dangers of drugs. After the event, the Woodcrest students all high-fived the Lamar players as they exited the gym.
“If we can reach just one kid and convince them to stay off drugs, then we made a difference,” said Andrew Caudill, an academic specialist at Lamar. “I think they were very receptive to the message.”
The Lamar players seemed to enjoy the event just as much, if not more than, the kids did.
“I think we made a connection with them,” Stephanie Meeuwsen said. “I’d like to come back.”
The softball team has already put in close to 300 hours of community service this academic year.
“We want to do a lot more,” pitcher Tina Schulz said. “We’re not going to stop.”