Adults often encourage children by telling them they can achieve any goal to which they set their minds. That message after a while gets trite. That's why the Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department is bringing in world champion athletes to not only keep the message fresh, but to emphasize that it's the truth.

LPRD is hosting a youth leadership seminar on Saturday, August 2 at the Robicheaux Center on Eraste Landry Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Super Bowl champions Devery Henderson (2009 New Orleans Saints), Lloyd Mumphord (1972 and 1973 Miami Dolphins), and Clarence Verdin (1987 Washington Redskins) will be there, as will Olympic silver- and bronze-medal high jumper Hollis Conway. In addition to being world-class athletes, all four men have close ties to Acadiana. Henderson and Mumphord are from Opelousas. Verdin, who was born in St. Mary Parish, and Conway, a Shreveport native, are both UL alumni. Currently, Conway works in the UL athletic department as the assistant director for diversity, leadership, and culture.

To learn more about the seminar, click here.