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LMU Cares Spreads Holiday Cheer

Dec. 24, 2010

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - For the second straight year during the holidays, LMU Cares, the ongoing community service project of the Loyola Marymount men's basketball program, partnered with Project Knapsack and Daniel Freeman Elementary to support Camp Ronald McDonald.

This holiday season the members of the men's basketball team visited students from Daniel Freeman Elementary School in Inglewood, Calif. During the visit, everyone hand painted porcelain ornaments for the patients at Camp Ronald McDonald House For Good Times.

The ornaments will be used to decorate the Christmas trees throughout the hospital during their Annual Holiday party. This is the second year that LMU Cares has supported Camp Ronald McDonald through the partnership with Project Knapsack and Founder, Porcha Dodson.

LMU Cares mission is to support education initiatives within our local community and develop partnerships with our global society.

"During our time at LMU, we have seen our athletes grow tremendously as scholars and humanitarians," said Associate Head Coach Myke Scholl, who oversees the LMU Cares program. "They have lent themselves to be positive role models amongst the elementary and secondary students that we have adopted through LMU Cares."

The Men's Basketball team will visit students at Daniel Freeman Elementary and Jefferson Elementary again in January to work one-on-one with students in writing pen pal letters to students at the sister school in Soweto, South Africa.

In partnership with Project Knapsack, LMU Cares has been able to expand their outreach to include the Molalatladi Primary School in South Africa and the Chudleigh House School in Lusaka, Zambia. Last year, LMU Cares raised enough money to send more than 1000 backpacks and school supplies to the sister schools as well as help expand the computer lab at the Molalatladi Primary School.

LMU Cares also hosted over 350 students and families from both Jefferson and Daniel Freeman at the game against Florida State.

"The kids had a great time at the game and were a great support for our team and coaching staff," said Scholl.

-from lmulions.ocm