Nov. 30, 2009
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee hosts an annual event in the Fall called "Booling" at the AMF Bowling Lanes, as a way for the student-athletes to bond in a friendly atmosphere and take a quick break from all the midterm studying. This year, Booling was a huge success with nearly 200 athletes in attendance along with numerous athletic faculty members.
As is the norm around Halloween, Booling consists of all the student-athletes dressing in costume. At the event, the teams not only show off their bowling skills but also compete in both team and individual costume contests. This year proved to be the most competitive race between the teams with the highest level of student-athlete attendance and all teams possessing a creative theme throughout their costumes. Several teams went above and beyond and demonstrated their creativity and artistic talents. Softball won the team contest as the superheroes, barely out-dressing women's swimming, men's crew, women's soccer, and women's water polo. From blue-collar workers to Christmas presents to under the sea, the judges on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee Executive Board were torn with votes.
In the individual competition, the judges were knocked out by the costume and impersonating skills of Evan Yates on the men's crew team who was dressed as our very own, much-loved, Matt Casana, our Student Athlete Academic Advisor.
The Loyola Marymount Student-Athletes are always looking for ways to help the community and this year the athletes raised one hundred and sixty five pairs of shoes for the less fortunate. LMU's SAAC is competing in its second year of the Zappos.com West Coast Conference Shoe Drive, better known as the Soles4Souls campaign. The shoe drive is a battle between the West Coast Conference schools to raise the largest number of shoes. Here, the West Coast Conference is able to join together collecting thousands of shoes for underprivileged youth in Las Vegas. With over fifteen thousand shoes donated last year from Loyola Marymount University, Booling acted as a starting point for shoe collection to defend our title as the West Coast Conference Soles4Souls Champions this year.