The Lady Bleu Devils went to Riverdale (top) while the track and field squad went to McMain (bottom).
The Lady Bleu Devils went to Riverdale (top) while the track and field squad went to McMain (bottom).
Dillard - Wed, Nov. 20, 2013

(New Orleans)  Dillard student-athletes recently visited local schools to speak with various students about the NAIA's "Live 5" Champions of Character program, which is a program that instills an understanding of character values in sport and provides practical tools for student-athletes, coaches and parents to use in developing exemplary character traits.

Coach Bobby Williams took members of his track and field team to speak at Eleanor McMain Secondary High School while Coach Norbert Rome took members of his Lady Bleu Devils basketball team to speak to the kids of Riverdale High School.

Despite speaking to high school juniors and seniors, some collegiate student-athletes still could relate.

"I see myself in the kids," said reigning Miss Dillard University Amber Tramel, who is also a member of the Lady Bleu Devils basketball team.  "It was great giving back in this capacity."

The NAIA's five core values include integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.

"I challenged the students to utilize this information within their school, but also to utilize it in their life," said track star Mo'Nique Waiters.  "No matter what you do, always carry yourself with respect."