Men's Basketball Demonstrate Character at Woodland

Thu, 10/20/2011

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team visited Woodland West Elementary school in Harvey this past Tuesday. Head Coach Michael Giorlando and six of his players educated the students on the NAIA Champions of Character program.

Representing the Wolfpack at the event was Corey Gray, Chris Joseph, Cameron Cates, Mo Diakite, Tyler James, and Dylan Kremer. The players talked about the importance of displaying integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership to not only keep sports pure, fun, and as a learning instrument, but also to lead an enriching successful life.

“We were very grateful for the opportunity to speak on the Champions of Character message at Woodland West Elementary. The faculty and staff did an outstanding job organizing the event,” said Coach Giorlando. “Their students were extremely polite and very attentive during our student athletes’ talk and basketball demonstration. Our players were overwhelmed with the positive response they received from the students. Again, thank you Woodland West.”

After Coach Giorlando and the players spoke to over 200 fourth and fifth graders on how to use the core values on a daily basis, the team performed a ball handling and shooting demonstration on the outdoor court. Finally, to end the day, the team presented the school with six new outdoor basketballs.

“It was important for our students to hear from positive models in the community,” explained teacher Susan K. Brignac. “Coach Giorlando and the players talked about the importance of good choices regardless of personal circumstances and the importance of enthusiasm for school. It was inspiring for all. Our hearts are full of gratitude. Thanks to Loyola for the time, inpiration, and basketballs!”

Last week, Loyola University New Orleans was announced as a NAIA Champions of Character Institution. This was the third consecutive year the Wolfpack has been awarded with the prestigious title.

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