Pack Gives Back

Tue, 10/11/2011

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Before the Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team kicks off another season of competing for a SSAC Championship, they will be giving back to the community they represent.

On October 13, the Wolfpack will be teaming up with the Elevate and Kingsley House to host a basketball clinic open to all teens. The clinic will be from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Kingsley House on 1600 Constance Street.

Head Coach Kellie Kennedy views this community service project as not only an important life aspect for her players to absorb, but also a chance to expand upon the mentoring partnership and to develop a long relationship with such a great program as Elevate.

“I am excited about the opportunity for our staff and student-athletes to work with Elevate New Orleans,” said coach Kennedy. “It is a chance for us to give back and hopefully develop some lasting relationships that make a difference in the lives of others. We hope to nurture the relationship with Elevate and continue to play a role within the organization.”

Elevate New Orleans is a charitable organization whose mission is to elevate the life skills and abilities of inner-city youth in America through mentor-based programs in athletics, academics, fitness and social development. They reach out to 8th-12th grade students who are athletically gifted in basketball, and prepare them to successfully pursue a college degree.

This semester, Loyola University New Orleans sent 11 students from five different service learning courses taught by five different professors in the sociology, religion, and English departments to help do service learning placements with Elevate.

Furthermore, this November, the Elevate kids are planning to come to Loyola and shadow some of the basketball players for a “Day in the Life of a College Athlete” experience, in which they will get a first hand taste of what it’s like to balance class, practice, and a social life in an university environment.

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