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BATON ROUGE – Eleven members of the LSU football team will have an experience unlike any other next week when they take part in a study abroad program that will see them travel to Dakar, Senegal for eight days.

It’s the first time LSU football players have participated in the study abroad program and it’s an opportunity for the group to have an educational experience outside the United States.

“One of the things that I have tried to do since coming to LSU is to not only set the standards and the process of building a program that graduates champions, but to help our players establish an identity outside of football,” LSU head coach Brian Kelly said. “To get the opportunity to study abroad is an experience that student-athletes really don’t get the chance to do so for our players to be able to participate in this unique educational program is something that I think will have a lifelong impact on them.

“I want our players to have the opportunity to see things from a different perspective and to really take ownership in their studies and to understand that there’s much more out there than just being a football player. The opportunities of being an LSU football player go far beyond the field so I want to use the study abroad program to help them understand that. This is one of those pieces that we can continue to build on as we work with their identity outside of football and they are excited about it.”

LSU Athletics, International Programs, and the Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership (CCELL) collaborated to build this inaugural study abroad opportunity for student-athletes. The main goal of this innovative approach to study abroad is to implement global and in-state service-learning elements in their coursework. This approach integrates academic content, historical and cultural site visits, and collaboration with local nonprofits, to deliver excellence in student learning outcomes while also addressing the needs of host communities.

The robust itinerary for this study abroad experience will purposely explore the course themes of race, sports, and civic engagement in a Senegalese context. Student-athletes will have the opportunity to learn Senegal’s Wolof language, engage in a service-learning opportunity with an international NGO, and meet local Senegalese families, among other highly immersive events. The program holistically introduces LSU student-athletes to Senegal’s rich culture and its strong ties to Louisiana.

“Student athletes participating in this program get a chance to enjoy the academic benefits and rich interpersonal experiences LSU study abroad courses offer,” said Dr. Sarah Becker, director of CCELL and associate professor of sociology and women’s, gender, & sexuality studies. “CCELL is thrilled to work alongside LSU Athletics, International Programs at LSU, our partners in Senegal and in Baton Rouge, student-athletes, and their families, to make this intentionally designed and groundbreaking study abroad course possible.”

LSU’s executive vice president and Provost, Roy Haggerty, who has been a staunch supporter of internationalization, added that “members of the LSU football team will experience a transformative journey, delving deep into the rich cultural heritage, history, and social issues of the region. This immersive experience, which includes service learning, cultural exchanges, and education about West African culture and its connections to Louisiana, will broaden their perspectives and foster personal growth, ultimately shaping them into more compassionate, globally aware citizens. At LSU, we want as many of our students as possible to have learning experiences like this.”

The list of LSU football players traveling to Senegal include: running back Noah Cain, receiver Chris Hilton, offensive tackle Emery Jones, receiver Malik Nabers, linebacker West Weeks, running back Josh Williams, defensive tackle Mekhi Wingo, offensive lineman Bo Bordelon, receiver Javen Nicholas, defensive lineman Fitzgerald West and long snapper Slade Roy.

This cohort of student-athletes, led by LSU’s senior international officer, Samba Dieng, and Dr. Becker as well as LSU Athletics staff will be leaving May 13 and returning May 21.

(Release via LSU Athletics)

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swampwiz14 months
Easy A for the transcript.
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11thACR14 months
Senegal is not a safe place due to Political Unrest.
Cruise Ships avoid stopping in this country 's ports.
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swampwiz14 months
I'm sure anyone taking advantage of this would be able to blend in with the locals ...
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Tom Bronco14 months
Any of you who are upset that we are throwing away your tax money ought to remember we just sent 76 Billion dollars to Ukraine. A tiny expense to perhaps improve a few lives vs spending it on horrible weapons that destroy lives and families. Think about it.
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GeauxGutsy14 months
Study abroad is indeed a great opportunity, but let’s be real about this. 8 days in West Africa and calling it studying abroad is a joke
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jamboots0814 months
West Africa sucks. There is not one positive thing about it until you leave.
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Baucoin122714 months
Some of you people are disgusting. I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal after graduating from LSU. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Considering the cultural ties we as Louisianans have to that country this is an amazing opportunity. From the food and music to the way people greet each other their historical cultural heritage is very similar to ours. Open a history book and read something about the cultural contributions made here in Louisiana by those who didn’t come willingly. Without Senegal we likely don’t have many of the things that make this state one of the most unique in the US.
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cajunmud14 months
So as a Peace Corps "volunteer" how did you survive over there? Did you get a night job after helping them all day? No, the taxpayers paid you to go be "charitable" didn't they?

My gov holds a gun to my head and takes my money to give to you so that you can give to them? How is that anyway Constitutional or moral in anyway whatsoever?

It's easy to be charitable with someone else's money. Do like religious groups do and raise the money and go do good and leave me, the taxpayer, out of it so that I can use that money stolen from me for me and my family.



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cajunmud14 months
This is just more relations building with the USA to get more access to US taxpayer money! Plain & Simple.

Being gay is illegal there also. Shouldn't there be a protest going on about this? Why are we PAYING to send these guys to an anti-gay muslim country to "learn"?
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1 Call14 months
What should be illegal is forcing this gay agenda! It's in the movies, sitcoms, commercials, stage plays. Hell! It's also in cartoons!
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white beans14 months
i miss the rains
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Mr Right14 months
I'm thinking I could find a better country to go and "study" at! Whatever you guys do, don't do a Britney Griner!!
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cajunmud14 months
England, France etc. aren't as easily bought as this tin horn in this country. You can bet they'll be staying at the prez or his cronies' hotel, using his brother-in-law's taxi service, eating at his cafes etc., etc....haha.

90% chance this is pure corruption disguised as education.
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Tiger in Texas14 months
My wife is 2% Senegalese...
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cajunmud14 months
Do you trust whoever told you that? Ain't that about the margin of error? They mighta meant Swedish...haha.
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cajunmud14 months
FYI they ain't that accurate:

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MasonTiger14 months
Fingers crossed no one gets locked up abroad.
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CanebreakCajun14 months
Or worse.
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TigerCoon14 months
or gets the worms
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holmesbr14 months
If you leave the country for 8 days it's study abroad? Sounds like vacation to me.
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RoachHotel14 months
Sounds like a glorified field trip, however it's a breath of fresh air compared to hearing about blondes and Kids participating in practice. Love what Chip Kelly is teaching these young men.
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Tiger on the Rag14 months
I have been there. It will you kiss the ground when u get back, this should help them to feel privilged to be an american
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real turf fan14 months
How many hours of credit will each one get? How will they be graded?
Take a look at Dakar on google satellite and zoom in.
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Tigers4Lyfe14 months
Hope they don't bring any cannabis with them.
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Jabontik14 months
thats cool
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LATECHgradLSUfan14 months
Amazing opportunity! Kudos to the school and the football program for allowing them to participate! Safe Travels!
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touchdownjeebus14 months
This is pretty amazing.
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jamboots0814 months
"Help establish an identify outside of football" is advanced thinking that I am not sure every football coach would embrace. Well done LSU!
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G Khan14 months
cool!
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Cajun7514 months
"Dr. Sarah Becker, director of CCELL and associate professor of sociology and women’s, gender, & sexuality studies"....hmmmm, wonder if that includes transgender studies as well?? Such important college courses these days.
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Cwils222214 months
Yawn
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cajunmud14 months
And she taking them to an anti-gay muslim country? Something ain't jellin here. Money must be involved.
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RswlGaTiger14 months
Awesome opportunity for these Tigers! IMO, every student should participate in a study abroad program at least once to get a perspective of the world outside ours and gain invaluable cultural experience!!
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Woodman14 months
Totally agree with you. Study abroad is a gift that far too many students cannot afford. I wish they could all afford it for the very reasons you outline.
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theBru14 months
Absolutely, an awesome chance for these young men to see how good they actually have it, living in the USA!
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EulerRules14 months
I Seen-a-gal and studied A-broad.
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bird3514 months
Gonna leave 18 kids behind.
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RedPop414 months
Athletes have been participating in these programs for decades.
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