Three Tigers to speak at 'Back-to-School' Expo

A trio of LSU football players will be speaking at the 11th annual "Back-to-School Expo" on Saturday at the Baton Rouge RiverCenter, sponsored by 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge.

Quarterback JaMarcus Russell, linebacker E.J. Kuale and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will all be on hand to speak to the children in attendance about the importance of an education and staying in school.

The "Back-to-School Expo" is the largest event of its kind and serves thousands of student and their parents each year. Exhibitors have included the Louisiana State Police, the East Baton Rouge Parish school system, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Entergy, and local businesses, joining together to provide students with information and school supplies for the upcoming year.

Russell enters his sophomore season after a solid freshman campaign, which saw him play in 11 games and start on four occasions. The Mobile, Ala., native enters the 2005 season in a battle for the starting position after a tremendous spring campaign.

A senior transfer from Dodge City Community College, Kuale begins his final season with the Tigers. A versatile linebacker, the Daytona Beach, Fla., native can play both inside and outside and is listed as the No. 1 Will linebacker going into fall camp after starting the 2004 season at Sam linebacker.

A gifted wide receiver, Bowe begins his junior campaign for the Tigers in 2005. Ranked second on the team in receiving last year, the Miami native started 10 games and led the team with five receiving touchdowns, ranking him in the top 10 in the Southeastern Conference.

The idea of 100 Black Men was born in New York City in 1963 when a body of successful men from the fields of business, industry, public affairs, government and the professions decided to pool their skills, experiences and resources to improve the quality of life for African-Americans and other minorities.

In the 1970's, the concept of developing individual, independent chapters in other cities took hold and in 1986, nine successful chapters resolved to create "100 Black Men of America, Inc." as a national confederation.

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