Loyola Marymount University athletic director Bill Husak loves to talk about his student-athletes in terms of how they develop as people, not just as players.

Well, Husak would have been proud of the school men’s basketball team on a recent Saturday morning.

The Lions made a trip to downtown Los Angeles and spent their morning playing some important games. However, this was not a day for heated rivalries and top-20 showdowns.

The players spent several hours playing simple games with kids and their families at the Los Angeles Shriners Hospital.

The games ranged from board games, rolling around on scooters, shooting some hoops amd tossing the football, to a spirited and nerve-wrenching game of Jenga.

“Community service plays an important role to our basketball program and the mission of our university,” said head coach Steve Aggers. “The impact of our visit to the Shriners Hospital on our players was tremendous.

“We went to spend the day with these wonderful kids, hoping to give them a break from the realities that bring them to the Shriners Hospital. We might have given them that break; however, I think they gave us so much more in return.”

The Los Angeles Shriners Hospital is a 60-bed pediatric orthopedic hospital providing comprehensive orthopedic care to children at no charge.

The hospital is one of 22 Shriners Hospitals throughout North America.

The Los Angeles Hospital accepts and treats children with routine and complex orthopedic problems, utilizing the latest treatments and technology available in pediatric orthopedics, resulting in early ambulation and reduced length of stay.


— Local veterans will celebrate Veterans Day with a special program at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 11th, at the Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey.

Songstress Jeanie Talbot will be the featured attraction. Jeanie has performed professionally throughout Southern California, and she will sing numerous patriotic songs.

In addition, there will be a presentation to the Veteran of the Year. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will present the colors and Tom Winfrey of the Airport Lions Club will give the invocation and the benediction.

This annual event is put on by the Westside Veterans Memorial Committee and is jointly sponsored by the Westchester Elks and the Rotary Club of Westchester.

There will be coffee, punch and cookies afterwards.

The event is free and open to the public.

Information, event chairman Curt Curtiss, (310) 645-8989.