Nov. 10, 2009
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
Fright Night 2009 Photo Gallery
On Thursday, October 29, the LMU Campus Community opened its arms to over 450 children from the Inner City of Los Angeles and hosted a Halloween themed carnival. Fright Night is an opportunity for many student-athletes to take a break from class and practice, and devote their time to entertain these special young children.
Each year, Fright Night reaches a new level of success, which is evident in the growing number of children that come to our campus for this event. There were a total of 11 schools that participated this year, four of which were attending for the first time.
Fright Night is possible due to the hard work and determination from everyone involved. This event is co-hosted by the Center for Service and Action, Residence Halls Association and the Student-Athlete Mentors. Marty Roers, Minister for Social Justice with Campus Ministry, was extremely happy with the success of this year's Fright Night. "I am always very touched and moved to see LMU students give of themselves so freely in service for others, and Fright Night 2009 is just another wonderful example," Roers stated. "I truly see this as such an amazing two-way street in which these kids have a great experience of meeting college student role models and mentors while at the same time our LMU students are pushed to see the world beyond the bluff. It's just such a wonderful event for everyone involved, and I really feel blessed to be a part of helping to strengthen the bonds of LMU with our broader community partners. Fright Night 2009 was a blessed experience that filled our campus with so much joy, energy, and laughter, and I hope that LMU students walked away thinking to themselves, `that was a lot of fun and maybe I can get more involved in community service and help as a mentor with these kids in the future too.'"
During the course of the afternoon, the children had the opportunity to participate in activities such as going through a haunted science lab, getting their faces painted, playing musical chairs, competing in sack races, and having fun with numerous other games. The event, held in Sunken Garden and the Malone Student Center, was fun for all involved. For those who did not come dressed up, there was even an area designated for making them a costume. Student volunteers served as tour guides, sponsored games, served food, and overall made it a very special day for our young guests to campus.
Matt Casana, Student-Athlete Academic Coordinator and advisor of the Student-Athlete Mentors stated, "I am so proud of the freshman student-athletes and the Student-Athlete Mentors who participated in the Fright Night Community Service Event. Fright Night is a great opportunity for our first-year student-athletes to get involved in campus wide community service. It is wonderful to see the interaction between the students and these young children; they have such a positive effect on each other. We look forward to expanding our role in Fright Night in the future."