LSU head football coach Les Miles, State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson and Miss Louisiana 2012 Lauren Vizza rappelled 20 stories down the One American Place building Thursday in support of the adoption of Louisiana children.
The event, sponsored by the Louisiana Family Forum and dubbed “Over the Edge for Adoption,” brought together local dignitaries to draw attention to the need for the adoption of foster-care eligible children in Louisiana.
The two-day event will culminate Friday with Gov. Bobby Jindal signing the Faith and Families Act, said Ruth Flores, event coordinator for Louisiana Family Forum.
She said some state leaders will rappel Friday, said.
“Our main goal is to see 100 children placed in homes in the year,” Flores said.
Miles and Louisiana Family Forum founder Gene Mills were the first two rappellers, followed by Edmonson and Vizza.
Miles said the view from the top of the building is spectacular, but he did his best to keep his eyes on the horizon, not the crowd below.
“It’s standing on top and looking down, that’s when the distance gets to you,” Miles said.
Edmonson said Thursday was his third time rappelling, but the other two were in training years ago. He said he was excited to rappel to raise awareness for a good cause.
“To be able to care and make a difference in your back yard, I’m all for that,” he said.
His rappelling partner, Vizza, said she could not have asked for a better partner because Edmonson talked to her the whole way down and was a reassuring voice.
“The first thing they said was ‘So what would you do for children?’ ” Vizza said. “I was like ‘I’ll do anything for kids!’ I’ll have to rephrase that answer.”