For Immediate Release: May 9, 2019
For more information, contact:
Hillary Sutton, Division Manager, Health Education and Community Engagement
Former LSU Outfielder Beau Jordan Throws Out First Pitch
at LHSAA Baseball Championship Game
Sulphur, La. – Former LSU and Barbe High standout Beau Jordan will throw out the first pitch at the 6 p.m. championship baseball game Saturday on behalf of Well-Ahead Louisiana, a chronic disease prevention and healthcare access initiative of the Louisiana Department of Health.
Well-Ahead Louisiana promotes and recognizes healthy choices in the spaces and places where we live and work every day that make it easier for us all to live healthier, happier lives - from going tobacco-free, to ensuring healthy lunch options, to supporting workplace fitness programs.
“I’m happy to be here to support baseball, of course, and also Well-Ahead Louisiana,” said Jordan. “Well-Ahead is all about getting people in our state to focus on their health, and I know making my health a priority has led to my success both on and off the field.”
Jordan, an outfielder at LSU from 2014 to 2018, appeared in two College World Series and was part of two Class 5A championship teams at Barbe High School in Lake Charles. Named the State Tournament MVP in 2014, Jordan still holds four records in baseball at Barbe: At Bats, Doubles, Extra Base Hits and Contact Percentage.
Well-Ahead Louisiana partnered with the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) to sponsor the 2019 Softball and Baseball Championships to reach youth about the dangers of tobacco use, particularly vaping. Most young people who try JUULs or other electronic devices do not know they are consuming nicotine, when in truth a single JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes.
“Whether it’s smoking, vaping or dipping, nicotine use is harmful to a teenager’s growth and sets the stage for chronic and fatal diseases in adulthood,” said Melissa Martin, director of Well-Ahead Louisiana. “We want Louisiana’s youth focused on fun, healthy things like softball and baseball, and we’re grateful to be able to share our message with the LHSAA Championship contestants and their families.”
Jordan, too, wants youth to avoid tobacco use.
“As a former ball player and big brother, I want teens to know that they will get ahead in life – Well-Ahead – if they stay healthy and stay away from vaping, smoking or dipping,” Jordan said.
For more information about the LHSAA, visit http://www.lhsaa.org.
For more information about Well-Ahead Louisiana and the dangers of nicotine and tobacco use, visit http://www.wellaheadla.com/strikeout.