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LSU Teams Up with New Orleans Hornets as Part of “Inspired for Summer Education” Tour of Baton Rouge

Forward Lance Thomas, the Hornets Bookmobile and Mathmobile, and LSU to encourage students to stay on their “game” this summer

05/08/2012 05:32 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach will team up with the New Orleans Hornets as their “Inspired for Summer Education” tour visits Baton Rouge on Wednesday, May 9.


Hornets forward Lance Thomas, Hugo the Hornet and the Honeybees will visit Park Elementary School and the Boys and Girls Club to encourage students to stay engaged in learning during the summer.


The Hornets Bookmobile presented by Shell and the Hornets Mathmobile presented by Chevron will also make appearances at three schools in Baton Rouge: Delmont Elementary School at 9 a.m., Redemptorist Elementary School at 11 a.m. and Park Elementary at 1 p.m. The day will conclude with a visit to a local Boys and Girls Club at 4 p.m.


Thomas and Hornets emcee Rob Nice will spend time congratulating students on their hard work during the school year, while also motivating them to continue reading and engaging in math and science activities throughout the summer.


“Education is an important factor in the personal and economic development of our community and plays a key role in the lives and well-being of our youth,” said Hornets President Hugh Weber. “Our Bookmobile and Mathmobile have given us the opportunity to provide free books and teach the importance of education to thousands of students in the Greater New Orleans Area. We’re excited to have the chance to spend the day in Baton Rouge and cheer them on to continue learning throughout the summer months.”


The Hornets Mathmobile presented by Chevron is the interactive motor coach bus that distributes math and science books to students of all ages. The overall goal of the Hornets Mathmobile is to demonstrate the importance of math by connecting math to basketball. The Mathmobile features a number of iPads with built-in applications that focus on targeted math skills such as addition and subtraction, division, fractions, geometry, algebra and other related math subjects.


The Hornets Bookmobile presented by Shell will also make the trip to Baton Rouge. The Bookmobile is a library-on-wheels that drives a love for reading and imagination by distributing free books to pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students. Since the 2007-08 season, the Hornets have distributed more than 100,000 free books to Gulf South students.


The pep rallies will also feature Katrice Albert, LSU’s vice provost for Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach.


“The Hornets are committed to giving our youth the tools they need to be successful and Dr. Albert’s message will give students firsthand insight into the importance of summer learning to their future – particularly looking ahead to college,” added Weber.


Members of the media interested in covering the “Inspired for Summer Education” tour can contact Lindsey Mitchell at 504-390-5116 or for more information.

LSU Media Relations