Softball's Heyward shares inspirational story

Softball's Heyward shares inspirational story
Photo by Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer

POSTED: Monday, March 5, 2012 - 12:30am

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 2:33pm

LSU softball centerfielder Simone Heyward visited the Martin Luther King Junior Christian Academy on Tuesday as part of the school's Black History Month celebration.

Heyward spoke to a group of 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders at an assembly about having to cope with the death of her mother during her senior year of high school. She touched upon the importance of working hard and surrounding herself with the positive support of others to overcome her loss.

Heyward discussed how instrumental it is coming in contact with other student-athletics that have gone through similar events in their lives and how that has made it easier for her to deal with her own loss. She referenced football's Sam Montgomery and how he had to deal with the death of his brother at an early age.

Heyward also encouraged the students at MLK to persevere through issues in their own lives. She opened it up for questions afterwards and took a group picture.

"I thought it would be a great opportunity to share my story today with those at the Martin Luther King Junior Christian Academy," Heyward said. "I hopefully inspired some younger kids. My message was to never give up and to believe that you can accomplish anything that you put your minds to. It was moving to have the students listen so closely, and I'm glad I had a positive influence on them today."

Heyward is currently in the works of creating a program for student-athletes that have gone through the loss of a loved one to come together and go speak to youth in the community that are going through similar things. She hopes to begin this program by next fall.

LSU returns to road next weekend for the Preview Tournament and have a quartet of games slated against No. 8 Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

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