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LMU is about the whole person, and when it comes to providing friends and mentors to be a part of that mission, you won't find a university surpassing LMU. The campus population comes from all 50 states and 70 countries. Better still, LMU offers the opportunity for students to hone their skills and help them find like-minded colleagues for life. More than 3,200 students live in 19 residence halls and apartments on campus. There are over 140 active clubs and organizations, and a Greek community with 15 local chapters. Our students volunteer more than 175,000 service hours a year with 350 community organizations.

LMU's mission of developing the whole person is stated in mission statements, in student manuals and in websites. For the LMU student-athletes, it's part of every day. From Relay For Life, Kentwood Elementary Clean-up and LMU S.A.A.C programs, community service is a year-long initiative.

Here is a look at some of the stuff LMU has been up to in the community:

A Week of Fun for the LIONS!
Date Published: November 7, 2011
Synopsis: The final week of October proved to be an exciting time for the Lions as they participated in three activities that took them far outside the comfort zone of their sports. In what could be called "Spirit Week" for the athletics program, the teams participated in Midnight Madness, Booling, and Fright Night. Two of the three events were for charity, and the athletes wasted no time supporting the specific causes.

Cross Country Runner Establishes Herself as a Cross-Continent Leader
Date Published: October 11, 2011
Synopsis: This past summer was anything but ordinary for cross country runner Stephanie Felix and me. Aside from athletic competition, traveling to Cambodia for two weeks was one of the highlights of our college experience and something we will never forget. The trip was planned by our club on campus called Global Exchange that Stephanie started last fall. Accompanying us were three other club members and a Professor who is from Cambodia.

Lions Participate in Relay for Life
Date Published: April 5, 2011
Synopsis: On March 25, 2011, Loyola Marymount University hosted American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. LMU Athletics was represented with relay teams from women's cheer, men's water polo and a general athletics team. The relay kicked off with a speech from Coach John Loughran as an honorary survivor. After sharing his powerful story about his fight with cancer, Coach Loughran and his family led the first lap of the event.

Lions Three-Peat as Soles4Souls Champions
Date Published: April 5, 2011
Synopsis: Third time's the charm! Or in this case, first, second AND third time has been quite charming for the Lions' participation in the Soles4Souls Campaign. Coming in on top for the third consecutive year, LMU collected more shoes than every other school in the West Coast Conference. Our campus-wide effort brought in a total of 2,475 pairs of shoes that will go to disaster relief areas. In 2004, the focus was on the tsunami that hit Southeast Asia, the year after it spread to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and the most recent focal point has been the areas affected by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Every donated pair of shoes will go directly to a person in need, and provide another opportunity for us to live out the LMU mission of faith, justice, and service.

Student-Athletes Continue Beautification Efforts with Kentwood Elementary
Date Published: March 23, 2011
Synopsis: On Saturday, March 12 the LMU Lions and the Kentwood Koalas teamed up to beautify the grounds of Kentwood Elementary School. LMU student-athletes worked with the students and parents of Kentwood to restore landscape, paint flower boxes and clean the grounds of the school. Over the past several years, LMU athletics has continually participated in Kentwood's biannual beautification project. This spring, LMU's participation was exceptional. The turn out of athletes reflected the importance of service at LMU. The project allows our student-athletes to build relationships within our Westchester community. The parents of Kentwood Elementary School were very impressed by the participation and hard work of the LMU student-athletes. The Kentwood students were mostly excited to be working with athletes four-times their size.

LMU Wins Shoe Drive For Third Straight Year
Date Published: March 2, 2011
Synopsis: In conjunction with the 2011 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships in Las Vegas, the WCC and Zappos.com announced today the donation of over 11,740 new and gently used pairs of shoes to international non-profit Soles4Souls.

Annual Fright Night Welcomes Children to LMU
Date Published: October 28, 2010
Synopsis: LMU held its annual Fright Night celebration on Thursday October 28, 2010 in Sunken Gardens - packing the venue with almost 500 students from Inner City Los Angeles. The event was sponsored by the Center for Service and Action, Residence Halls Association and the Student-Athlete Mentors.

Lions Top WCC in Soles4Souls Campaign for Second Straight Year
Date Published: March 16, 2010
Synopsis: The West Coast Conference donated over 10,000 pairs of shoes to Soles4Souls through the WCC Zappos.com Shoe Drive, including nearly 3,500 pairs from LMU alone. The shoes will go to those affected by the earthquake in Haiti and others in need worldwide.

Second Annual Kentwood Elementary Beautification Day Complete
Date Published: December 14, 2009
Synopsis: The second annual Kentwood Elementary Beautification day was held on Saturday, December 5th, 2009. For the second year in a row, Loyola Marymount University student-athletes donated their time and effort to beautify the grounds of Kentwood Elementary School.

SAAC Visits Environmental Charter High School
Date Published: December 14, 2009
Synopsis: Members of various sports teams at LMU attended an event at Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale, Calif. where they learned about the benefits of composting and recycling. Environmental Charter High School provides the basic state education for their students, but also provides students with the opportunity of protecting the environment and maintaining a `green community'.

2009 Booling Event Fun for All
Date Published: November 30, 2009
Synopsis: 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.

Fright Night a Success
Date Published: November 10, 2009
Synopsis: 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.

SAAC Beach Cleanup
Date Published: November 30, 2009
Synopsis: During the 2009-2010 academic year the Student Athlete Advisory Committee put forth many goals to accomplish. One such goal with a high priority was to continue to keep SAAC extremely involved in community outreach programs and to dedicate even more time and athletes than last year to these opportunities.

Busy Week for SAAC Begins with All-You-Can-Eat Pasta Night
Date Published: October 19, 2009
Synopsis: The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will host an "all-you-can-eat" pasta night this Wednesday, October 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Ahmanson North on the campus of LMU. The cost for the dinner, which serves as a fundraiser for SAAC and is open to anyone, is $9.99. Payments can be made at the door via cash and OneCard transactions.

Lions Top WCC in Soles4Souls Campaign
Date Published: March 23, 2009
Synopsis: Loyola Marymount University donated more than 1,500 pairs of shoes to guide the West Coast Conference to a total of more than 5,200 pairs, exceeding the WCC's target goal of 5,000. The WCC asked each of the eight member schools to collect shoes from December 2008 through the end of the conference basketball schedule. The Lions easily outdistanced Gonzaga for the top spot in the campaign, which was co-sponsored by the WCC and Zappos.com.

SAAC Helps with New Horizons Prom Party
Date Published: February 10, 2009
Synopsis: This last Friday, February 6th, LMU student-athletes helped to put on the New Horizons' Prom dinner and dance. New Horizons, an organization located in the San Fernando Valley, helps developmentally handicapped adults lead normal and successful lives. In addition to helping developmentally handicapped adults get jobs in the outside community, New Horizons also provides job opportunities through their on-site workshop and self-run eatery, Sam's Cafe. Most importantly New Horizons advocates for compassion, kindness and success for their clients in the community, and within the New Horizons support groups.

SAAC 'Booling' a Success
Date Published: October 30, 2008
Synopsis: Three blind refs, an All-American Gladiator, and some hippies were just some of the characters that came out Monday night as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted its annual "Booling" event.

Student-Athletes 'Frighten-Up' Children's Day
Date Published: October 29, 2008
Synopsis: First-year LMU student-athletes continued their dedication to service in the community with the annual Fright Night event on campus last Friday. It was the fourth straight year for the event, which was co-hosted by the Center for Service and Action, Residence Halls Association and the Student-Athlete Mentors.

Lions in Action: Kentwood Elementary Cleanup
Date Published: October 1, 2008
Synopsis: This past Sunday, September 28th, over 90 of LMU's student-athletes participated in a Kentwood Elementary School cleanup. The cleanup was organized with the local Elementary school as a part of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's (SAAC) new "Lions in Action" program.


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