WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Former Purdue guard Léony Boudreau's focus on outreach is bigger than just basketball. Take the event she created and put on at Holloway gymnasium entitled "Wheel Rise" for example.
"We had paralympians come for wheelchair basketball," said Boudreau. "We also had professors from Purdue [come], who showed the research we're doing. We had Purdue Student Athletes jump into chairs and show how skilled these athletes were. We were struggling in there!
That was 2019. Now, without any sports or ways to gather people, Léony's activism hasn't stopped. The player-turned-student coach is changing up her look for a good cause. For the third time.
"I'll be donating my hair for a nonprofit that's called Leucan in Québec...They use the donation for children that are suffering from cancer. I'll be cutting 16 inches...so that's about 40 centimeters," said Boudreau with a smile.
16 inches is double the eight inch requirement for Leucan. After raising over $500 this time around, Léony says she's going to bring this challenge to Purdue in the fall, using Tyler Trent's story as her motivation.
"Tyler Trent was such an inspiration and such a model for so many, especially at Purdue. It's just my way to try to help a community that...I feel like they deserve it so much," said Boudreau.
The donation page for Boudreau's current campaign is still active. It can be found here.