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Lions Roar `Into the Streets'

June 13, 2002

Los Angeles, CA (June 13, 2002) - Even though the 2001-02 school and athletic year has wrapped up, the Loyola Marymount University Athletic Department continues to remain active. The Lions were a part of the annual "Into the Streets" campaign, which was held on Thursday, May 23 throughout the Los Angeles community.

The "Into the Streets" campaign allows the staff of LMU to do service for and within the community. Developed by the LMU Mission and Identity Committee, the staff serves the community in eight areas, including service at Bread and Roses Caf?, Lennox Middle School, the LMU Sports Camps, Ocean Park Community Center, OPICA Adult Day Care Center, Play del Rey Beach clean up, Santa Monica Animal Shelter and the St. Margaret Center.

A majority of the LMU Athletic Department was involved with the LMU Sports Camp, which was held for middle school students for Nativity and St. Colmcille Elementary Schools. Three separate camps were organized for the more than 200 students, including basketball, volleyball and soccer. Assistant Athletic Director Maria Behm, who is a member of the Mission and Identity Committee, organized the day.

Men's Basketball Head Coach Steve Aggers stands with a group from Nativity Elementary at Into the Streets.

LMU head men's basketball coach Steve Aggers and assistant coach Brian Priebe joined with women's basketball assistant coaches Tami Adkins and Lynn Flanagan in organizing the basketball sessions in the Burns Recreation Center. Joining them in running the basketball camp was head crew coach Patrick Kelly and Senior Secretary Robyn Millen.

Head women's volleyball coach Steve Stratos and his staff of Larry Smoot and Heater Collins-Ramirez ran the volleyball camp in Gersten Pavilion, home of the Lions. Joining them were student-athletes Dina DeBernardi, Kelli Nerison, Tiana Newsome, Elizabeth Samson and Jody Carlson. Also involved with volleyball from the athletic department was marketing/ticket manager Karina Handeland.

Women's Volleyball team members Dina DeBernardi, Kelli Nerison, Tiana Newsome, Elizabeth Samson and Jody Carlson stand with students from Nativity and St. Colmcille Elementary Schools.

The third sports session was soccer at Leavey Field. The session was hosted by the women's soccer coaching staff of head coach Gregg Murphy and assistant Michelle Myers and the men's soccer coaching staff of head coach Paul Krumpe and assistant Brian Irvin. Also working the session from the Athletic Department was men's tennis head coach Nik DeVore and softball head coach Gary Ferrin.

Also helping with the LMU Sports Camps were staff members of the Division of Student Affairs, including Jayne Mas, Heidi Zeich, Malia Ramirez, Dana Pysz, Mark Munguia, Marieclare Sia, Steve Najera, Trey Duval, Jennifer Cabeje, Mike Doyle, Kafele Khalfani, Linda Friar, Denise Folga, Chris Lebedeff and Henry Ward.

Men's soccer assistant coach Brian Irvin leads a group of students during Into the Streets.

Other members of the Athletic Department served in the seven other service activities, including Athletic Director Bill Husak, who helped at the Santa Monica Animal Shelter. The group that went to the animal shelter helped homeless dogs and cats by cleaning, grooming, walking and socializing with them.

Volunteers at the Bread and Roses Caf? serve as greeters and waiters in a restaurant atmosphere for local homeless men, women and children. Volunteers did the same service at the Ocean Park Community center, assisting Santa Monica's homeless residents.

Women's basketball assistant coach Tami Adkins works with kids during the basketball sport camp at Into the Streets.

At the Lennox Middle School, LMU volunteers helped plant flowers with children from the school. The flowers helped beautify their graduation ceremony. Making things look good was also the order of the day at Playa del Rey Beach, were a group of volunteers cleaned the local beach.

The final stop was at the St. Margaret Center where bilingual staff members helped translate for the mobile medical clinic.


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