BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (BRPROUD) – The LSU men’s basketball team has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club to help spread the holiday cheer.
âWe did it every year, I was a head coach, except last year, because of Covid. This is something our guys are looking forward to. Darius Days actually asked me, “Are we going to do this coach again?” “I said, ‘Oh yeah, we’ll get to that,'” said Will Wade, LSU men’s basketball coach.
Forty kids were allowed to choose any item at Walmart with no limits.
âGoing from learning virtually in school and out of school and because of the hurricane is just a token of appreciation for bringing joy back into their lives,â said Amber Dunbar of the Boys and Girls Club.
It’s a tradition that Coach Will Wade carries on every year. He said this year is even more special because of the recent difficulties.
âThey are excited, they are delighted. It’s a feeling of appreciation, âWade said.
The players said any chance to give back was obvious.
âI and all of the basketball team are determined to give back,â said player Shareef O’Neal.
And for the kids, it’s a Christmas they’ll never forget.
âI mean, ‘Thank you’. You are all the best boys and I wish I could come back. Merry Christmas, âsaid a boy from the Boy and Girls Club.