Love leads author to chronicle passion for LSU sports – Shreveport Times
Make no mistake, Jeffrey Marx is a Yankee. Heâs a New York native and attended Northwestern University just north of Chicago.
However, if you get a peek inside the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, you might just find he bleeds purple and gold.
A fate would have it, Marx married a girl from Thibodaux and love led him to Louisiana, where he quickly learned a few things. Folks are gracious, trusting and passionate about their LSU Tigers.
Naturally, Marxâs findings resulted in a book. Tuesday, flanked by former LSU star athletes Todd Walker and Jacob Hester, he signed copies of âWalking with Tigersâ at Walk-Onâs in Shreveport.
âWalking with Tigersâ explores the lives of 22 athletes, coaches and others behind the LSUâs storied sports history.
Among the sports figures featured are: Alex Bregman, Dale Brown, Leonard Fournette, Brittany Mack, and Frank Brian. Mack, a former softball star, now lives in Shreveport and was present Tuesday.
âItâs been such a special journey,â Marx told The Times. âI spent four years working on this, and the people of Louisiana overall, but specifically the people related to the world of LSU sports have given me three remarkable gifts. You canât buy them in a store; you canât wrap them in a box â time, trust and kindness.
âIn return, I feel a tremendous responsibility to share these stories with integrity, humanity and passion and purpose.â
Through his work, an unusual source displayed the most striking example of the passion that envelopes LSU athletics: The Bayou Belles.
The group, started by Terri DiNardo (wife of then-head coach Gerry DiNardo) and AimÃ©e Simon in 1996, has contributed more than $1 million to LSU athletics and the Academic Center for Student Athletes.
âThe incredible passion they exhibit â they have close to 1,000 members, more than double the membership of the Gridiron Club,â said Marx, who at the age of 23, became the youngest winner of the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.
In addition to selling books, Marx continues a long-standing mission of reaching kids through sports.
âI take my stories and share my stories with high school students, junior high as well,â Marx said. âI feel like there is a way to reach young people with messages when youâre telling them through the vehicle of sports.â
Marxâs books-to-schools program, sponsored by Walk-Onâs and Business First Bank, donated thousands of books to schools and school libraries.â
Tuesday, Marx spoke with Caddo Parish officials. When he returns home, a shipment will head up here for distribution throughout the parish.