Trojan Football Makes A Visit To Local School

Oct. 29, 2002

The Evergreen Avenue Elementary school fourth and fifth graders received atreat on Tuesday as USC athletic director Mike Garrett, junior offensivelineman Eric Torres, freshman linebacker Oscar Lua and Trojan footballoperations assistant Seamus Callanan dropped by to talk to the children atthe school auditorium.

Garrett, a graduate of East Los Angeles' Roosevelt High, recalled his daysgrowing up in the Boyle Heights area where Evergreen is located. Heencouraged the kids to study hard, to learn to read and write and count,and to cooperate with their teachers.

USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett speaks at Evergreen Avenue Elementary school.

Garrett then introduced Torres and Lua, who both talked to the studentsabout the importance of education. Torres encouraged the kids, who werelargely Hispanic, to learn to speak proper English. Lua stressed that theHispanic community needed to stick together and that though sports is agood outlet, it is not as important as working hard in school.

The Trojans also gave away 25 game tickets for honors students at Evergreen.

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