first_imgBEAUMONT, Texas – The Golden Triangle has been a faithful supporter of Lamar University men’s and women’s athletics over the years. No matter the sport or time of year, Beaumont and the surrounding areas turn out to back Lamar athletics and its student-athletes. For that very reason, the Cardinals enjoy an opportunity to support those who support them.Lamar volleyball student-athletes broke from their busy schedules to visit with students at King Middle School, while men’s basketball players met with students at Curtis Elementary School and the Juvenile Justice Center. In addition to visiting with school children, the LU men’s basketball team traveled to a local Wal-Mart to assist children with a Christmas shopping spree sponsored Susan Conn McCurry and Roger McCurry. Each child was given a gift card while Cardinals basketball players assisted the kids as they shopped.”Every athlete here would agree with me that the Golden Triangle supports Lamar throughout the year,” said senior guard Nick Garth. “We want them to know how important they are to us, and that we support them. Susan Conn McCurry and Roger McCurry do so much for this community and we were honored to be able to help out. It was great to see all those kids smiling and having a good time. Who knows, maybe one day they will choose to come to school here too.”At a halftime of a recent home game, the Cardinals sponsored a Teddy Bear Toss where fans who brought a teddy bear to the game were allowed the opportunity to throw it onto the court at halftime. Approximately 70 bears were collected and donated to a local charity benefitting Southeast Texas families.Throughout the year, student-athletes from various sports have taken time to give back to the community in their own ways. The women’s golf team participated in the Red, White, and Blue Golf Tournament, which raised money for the Lone Survivor Foundation. The LU men’s tennis team donated time to the Buckner Children’s Home by participating in a fundraising dinner, while the women’s squad participated in the annual Nederland Lighted Christmas Parade. In addition to the parade, the tennis, football and baseball teams took part in the 5K color run. The LU women’s basketball team took part in Chef’s Delight which is a benefit for the Chef’s Association.Throughout the fall 2018 semester, the Cardinals logged approximately 660 hours of community service, but all of that pales in comparison to what took place on Dec. 11. For most students it was simply the last day of finals before the Christmas holidays, several Cardinals joined together to sign Christmas cards to Drake Quibodeaux, 8, who has been diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma – a deadly form of brain cancer. He had requested and received 190 cards for Christmas.As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season.last_img