TMG Newsmaker of Week: LSU athletes and staff

Mark Blaudschun

It was a story which tugged your heart, because it was so sad and because it had happened before to many of the same people in the same state.

The rains which have hit Louisiana in the last few weeks were biblical, some places received nearly 32 inches, which if it were a blizzard would be more than 300 inches of snow. At least 13 lives were lost and more than 40,000 homes were damaged. And this wasn't even a named storm.

In the aftermath, aid and support came from various places, some visits perhaps prompted by politics, as in Donald Trump's and President Obama's.

But the support, which also had significant meaning, was that provided by the athletic teams and staff at LSU. Baton Rouge was in the middle of the storm area (19 inches of rain). LSU athletes helped the victims clean out houses, find personal belongings and just offered a friendly and sometimes familiar face to people who needed it the most.

For these actions, the LSU athletic teams and staff are the Newsmaker of the Week.


Mark Blaudschun