Lawrence Tech focuses on helping others in revamped sports program

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Since its first season in 2018, the Lawrence Technological University football team has been one of the successful programs to recruit well outside of the Michigan area. Pictured is a fan stand from last season’s return game.

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SOUTHFIELD — In one of the school’s greatest achievements since the establishment of an athletic program in 2012, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics named Lawrence Technological University the recipient of the Champions of Character Five-Star Institution award.

The award is measured on conduct during competition, character building of coaches and athletes, and academic achievement. Institutions then receive points based on said criteria, including cumulative grade point averages, no ejections in competitions, and community activities.

The price has three tiers, from bronze to gold, with LTU represented in the silver tier.

LTU earned major points in the area of ​​community activities by participating in the Big Rake in Southfield and continuing its work with Habitat for Humanity and the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Michigan.

The Big Rake focuses on helping Southfield seniors and disabled residents with lawn maintenance, while Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County has worked with LTU on the design of community homes supported by Habitat for Humanity.

“That’s what we’re emphasizing here; it’s not about your sport, it’s about helping others and giving back to the community and doing things outside of your sport and the classroom,” said LTU Athletic Director , Scott Trudeau. “It’s always an eye opener for them, because some of them have never done things like this before.”

Trudeau, who has worked at LTU for 20 years, became athletic director in 2010 and has been instrumental in establishing the strong athletics department that LTU currently features.

Since its revitalization in 2012, LTU now has 34 sports teams, including an esports team, for both male and female student-athletes.

“We just wanted to change our campus community and make it a traditional college,” Trudeau said. “Before that, we were pretty much a suburban school, but now we have four apartment buildings on site, a thousand kids living on campus, hustling, and we have every sport under the sun.”

LTU currently has over 600 students living on campus, 60% of whom are student-athletes. The school has since branded its school colors to coincide with the Blue Devils mascot.

This is not the LTU people remember 15 years ago.

“It’s a 180 degree difference,” Trudeau said. “You would come here at the weekend, and there would be no cars; it would be a ghost town. Now you come here on weekends, and there are a lot of hookers and people having fun.

One of the major successes of LTU’s athletic program has been its women’s lacrosse team, coached by Mary Ann Meltzer.

Meltzer’s team placed second last year in the NAIA Championship and has held a 115-56-2 record since its inception in 2014.

While the team has been dominant, Meltzer said LTU has excelled in an area that has attracted rookies.

“I think the school itself, academically, is selling out,” Meltzer said. “I think when you graduate from LTU, you’ll have a job.”

The women’s lacrosse team has been a major factor in LTU’s community program and plans to participate in the Healthy Community project this year.

“I think it’s really important that we give back to the community,” Meltzer said. “It seems to be one of our big moves heading into the season.”

Whether it’s academics, campus lifestyle, or athletics, LTU has established itself as a university where students and student-athletes can make a name for themselves.

“We are all Blue Devils, and we are all on the same team; he wears a lot of pride,” Trudeau said. “We are already known in the working world because we have trained many great engineers, but now people know us as a very competitive school; the children adopt him.

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