Active Time for the LMU Student-Athletes...
LMU student-athletes had a busy October with events in and around campus.
Nov. 19, 2013
What an end to the month of October it has been for the LMU Student Athletes! The past two weeks has been filled with opportunities for the athletes to be involved in events away from their sport. They have supported each other, danced against each other, bowled against each other, cleaned up the beach together, learned how to date together, and gave back to the local community together!
It all started with the Women's Volleyball game on Oct. 17th! This was our first WCC REPRESENT game of the year. LMU student-athletes filled the stands in their 2013-2014 REPRESENT t-shirts, and witnessed the Lions sweep their rival, the Pepperdine Waves, in three sets! It was an exciting way to start off an exciting time of festivities!
The following night was the LMU annual Madness Event. This is the annual rally to kick off the Men's and Women's Basketball seasons here at LMU. Over 3000 students were introduced to both teams with lots of excitement for the season ahead. Athletic teams also participated in a dance contest. Hailey Chisholm, SAAC Vice President stated, "This event is always fun, and it is exciting to see what the teams put into their performances. The Dance Contest is also a time to get them out of their comfort zone and put their dance skills to the test!" All teams did a great job, and we even had a couple of our very own Miley Cyrus impersonations! Women's Rowing took first place this year knocking off Softball who had won the past two years! Their dance even had a couple of LMU boats in it! Second place went to Women's Water Polo that debuted Boy Bands Through the Ages! They had a little bit of Jackson 5 and some NSYNC! Their costumes were great, and they had the audience dancing and singing along! Third place was a three-way tie between Men's Basketball, Volleyball, and Women's Basketball! All the dances were fantastic in their own way! Once again, Madness was an event for the books and we are very excited for Basketball season to be underway!
A few days after Madness many of the student-athletes attended a speaking engagement by Dave Coleman, the Dating Doctor. The theme of his speech was the importance of healthy dating relationships. Over 700 students (including 125 student-athletes) packed Burns Backcourt and came away with a new perspective on their dating prowess.
Later on that same evening, approximately 100 student-athletes put their creative skills to the test, and dressed up for the 10th annual Halloween BOOling event! Student-Athletes from each team came in themed costumes to the El Dorado Lanes, just off-campus. Each student-athlete donated two cans of food that was delivered to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. As a whole, the LMU student-athletes donated over 200 cans equaling 61 lbs. of food. As for the costume contest, this year we had two teams tie! Women's Water Polo and Cheer dressed up as troll dolls, and both teams deserved the win! This event was another great success and experience for the Student-Athletes, and it is a great way to give back to the community and have a little Halloween fun!
Our next event was the annual beach clean up! Athletes went down to Dockweiler beach in Playa Del Rey, and cleaned the beach while snacking on donuts! About 100 student-athletes attended and had a great time cleaning up the beach.
On the Friday before and Sunday after the Beach Clean-up, the student-athletes came out to support some of their fellow student-athletes in competition. As part of the LIBA 144 Freshman Student-Athlete Class, our freshman student-athletes and the Student-Athlete Mentors supported Women's Soccer in their battle vs. St. Mary's and cheered on Men's Water Polo in their win vs. Air Force.
Our last event during this busy time was Fright Night. The student-athletes supported this great event put on by the LMU Center for Service and Action. School-children from areas surrounding LMU were brought to campus for a fun afternoon of trick-or-treating, game playing, face-painting, and going through the Haunted House. This event provides these young children with a safe environment to have some fun during Halloween. The kids come out looking great in all of their costumes, and they are eager to play games and eat candy! The student-athletes helped with the Haunted House, handed out food, played soccer and corn-hole with the kids, and cleaned up during and after the event. In addition, Women's Water Polo had a face painting booth and Cheer had a cookie decorating table. This event is always rewarding for both the kids and the athletes, and it is a huge part of our fall here at LMU!
This two-week period was a lot of fun for the student-athletes. GO LIONS!!!