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Southern University Athletes Give Back Through the Three O’Clock Project

Southern University Athletes Give Back Through the Three O’Clock Project

On Friday, July 31st Southern Soccer and Southern Volleyball volunteered at a Three O’Clock Project food distribution site, Full Gospel United Pentecostal in North Baton Rouge. With the commitment to keeping kids physically active through our service, student athletes distributed 120 fitness items to kids sponsored by Athletes for Hope.

“Athletes for Hope athletes were truly emotionally invested in what we’re doing to help feed the community and spread a little hope. We are so happy to have them. They did a great job passing out balls to the kids while we distributed meals. It was a wonderful experience. Thank you so much!”- Joshua Michael Selser, Three O’Clock Project.

The mission of Three O’Clock Project is to provide meals and nutrition education for at-risk students after school. In response to the COVID19 shutdown, Three O’Clock Project reached beyond their mission of only after school and began delivering weekly meals to ensure kids and the community were supported during the school shut downs and summer months.

“I loved giving back to my community of Baton Rouge. I know how it’s been tough for families to work right now and to supply food for their family. Being able to give them supplies that they need and seeing people be so grateful and smiling was the highlight of my day, especially giving out balls for kids to encourage physical activity at home. I’m glad SU soccer & Volleyball were able to assist with making a huge impact on more than 100 children’s lives!” – Skylar Randall, Southern Soccer

AFH University Baton Rouge Student Athletes Honor Dr. King Through Service

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., AFH U teams in Baton Rouge participated in The Walls Project 5th annual MLK Festival of Service. Projects such as MLK Day of Service is an initiative of The Walls Project with the purpose of revitalizing and reactivating neighborhoods through artistic engagement.

Student athletes from Southern University and Louisiana State University were excited to engage in various beautification projects over the course of the four day event. AFH U teams activated on Winbourne Avenue, from N. Acadian Thwy to BREC’s Howell Park. From painting houses, removing debris, to gardening, student athletes were eager to serve. Teams shared their experience as a great way to empower their community, meet local leaders, and bond with their teammates.

Southern Soccer

“Today we celebrated MLK Day by decorating the city of Baton Rouge with our artistic creations. We also helped distribute garden supplies to various project sites. It was a fun day spent with my team and other members of the community.”- Jessica Gutierrez

Southern Track & Field

“Engaging in community service not only makes a difference to the community, but it also gives students and others opportunities to meet new people. It’s always a good feeling to come together and help someone for a good cause without being asked.”-Dominique Dorsey

Southern Volleyball

“On MLK Day, we painted houses and businesses as well as gardened along Winbourne Avenue. We were happy to serve by beautifying our community and giving back to the citizens of Baton Rouge. ” -Arabella Hall

LSU Track & Field

“I helped with the MLK mural project, priming buildings for artists to paint their murals. Giving back always feels great, especially on a day dedicated to a man who did so much for this country!” -Erika Lewis

LSU Volleyball

“The LSU Volleyball team got together to help paint houses in the Howell Park community. During this time we were able to serve and connect with others in the Baton Rouge community in honor of Dr. King. We had an awesome time painting houses and serving the community! We even made friends with a couple of Southern University track athletes while working. It was great seeing everyone come together for a great cause.” -Sydney Mukes

LSU Beach Volleyball

“Well this is a funny story…a guy drove past us while we were out and said, ‘We love y’all!’ And it’s great to see so many people beautifying the city and joining together in this project!” – Katie Berowski

Thank you to all of the AFH U teams that came out to volunteer. Keep up the amazing work in your community!

Athletes for Hope University Teams Help Flood Victims in Baton Rouge

Over 600 varsity college athletes who are part of the Athletes for Hope University program have been impacted by the flooding in Baton Rouge, LA. A large group of these athletes have spent considerable time giving back to those in need in the Baton Rouge community.

“We are really grateful for the support that this community shows to our team and all of LSU Athletics. We are more than happy to give back in any way possible and look forward to continue helping rebuild the community in the near future”- Kelly Quinn, LSU Volleyball.

Below are a few examples of the tremendous work that AFH U teams have done in the Baton Rouge community over the past few days:

Southern Band

Southern Baseball
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LSU Football

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LSU Baseball

LSU Women’s Volleyball
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LSU Women’s Basketball

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Thank you, athletes, for doing what you do best – inspiring others. We want to support you in your efforts. If your team needs help in identifying a way to give back to the community, please contact us.