Men's Basketball To Expand LMU Cares Program

Marin Mornar at Parent Elementary

June 12, 2014

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LOS ANGELES -- LMU men's basketball and its' community service initiative LMU Cares, has been instrumental in providing alternative education programs and activities to local elementary students. Head Coach Mike Dunlap announced that the program will expand its philanthropic efforts, close to home, through the LMU Cares program.

In doing so, LMU men's basketball will continue its long-standing relationship with Project Knapsack, an international pen pal and back pack exchange program that partners students in the United States with their peers in Africa and provides brand new school supplies to learners on both continents.

"The previous staff did a great job in establishing a community service program," said Dunlap. "When we got here it was all set-up and we are running with it. This is a very important piece to what we do here."

As the 2014 academic year came to a close, the Lions took a trip off campus and visited Franklin D Parent Elementary School in Inglewood, and spent time with seventh and eighth grade students from the I Have a Dream after-school program. During the visit, players participated in a culmination activity with students, played basketball and enjoyed pizza and chocolate chip cookies.

"We always have a great time with the kids, and have seen them grow over the years, " said senior guard Ayodeji Egbeyemi. The LMU Cares program is committed to fostering relationships with local students, while creating opportunities for the student-athletes to give back to their communities.

"We have thoroughly enjoyed working with men's basketball and are looking forward to the upcoming year," replied Porcha Dodson, Founder of Project Knapsack. The Dreamers and their families will also attend several home games this year to cheer on their Lions.

For more information about Project Knapsack, visit




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