BATON ROUGE, La — Seimone Augustus made history as the first female athlete to have her statue on LSU’s campus, which the university unveiled Sunday.
As Augustus’s alma mater in her hometown honored her, the entire city came out to support her.
“Thank you for everything that you’ve done. Thank you to Baton Rouge. Thank you to LSU. Thank you to Louisiana. You’ve always been my motivation, my driving force, and into making sure that I excelled. And I want to say thank you.” Augustus said after the unveiling.
With family, friends and former teammates in town to celebrate the occasion, they also reflected on the legacy Augustus leaves.
“Never thought in a million years that this would happen. And to see all these people come out just for a female basketball player who paved the way for a lot of young women, it goes to show you that this opportunity can happen for anybody.” Former LSU Teammate (2002-03) Kisha James said.
Augustus herself recognized the momentous nature of the event but also the people that helped her along the way.
“I never take for granted a day why I’m standing here and what that means to so many people that look just like me. So I just want to say thank you.” Augustus said.
The statue stands outside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center alongside other LSU basketball legends such as Maravich, Bob Petit, and Shaquille O’Neil.