For the fourth consecutive year on Friday, the LSU gymnastics team and Dallas Cowboys’ linebacker Bradie James will team up for the Etta James Memorial Meet and charity tailgate party, aimed at raising funds for James’ Foundation 56 / Soul Survivors; the foundation promotes early breast cancer detection and increasing services for those in Baton Rouge and surrounding communities.
During his sophomore year at LSU, James lost his mother Etta to the disease.
"My life has forever been changed by my mom's personal experience with breast cancer," James said, per the official site of LSU Athletics. "Her strength fuels my drive to give and to do for others. Foundation 56 enables me to work with others to make a difference. And that difference is saving lives."
Since 2008’s inaugural meet, the event has raised more than $120,000 for Foundation 56. The LSU and Baton Rouge communities have shown an outpouring of support for the cause, making the three prior Memorial Meets the most attended in LSU history. Prior to Friday's meet, James will host "Tailgate for the Fight."
"The last three seasons have been very successful in terms of community support for the Etta James Memorial,” said gymnastics coach D.D. Breaux. “Our fans have continued to come out and help Bradie and I in the fight against breast cancer, and we are hoping for their continued support this year.”