The following has been released by New Orleans Pelicans:
LAFAYETTE, La. — The New Orleans Pelicans and The Louisiana Legislative Charity Fund will dedicate a refurbished basketball court at Heymann Park (1500 S. Orange St.) in Lafayette on Friday, April 29 at 10:00 a.m.
Stephen Parker Pate, Pelicans Senior Director of Community and Governmental Affairs, will be joined by State Representative John Schroder (St. Tammany Parish), State Representative Vincent Pierre (Lafayette Parish), and Senator Gerald Boudreaux (Lafayette). Also in attendance will be over 100 children that take advantage of the Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department, Pelicans mascot Pierre the Pelican, members of the Pelicans Dance Team and other members of the Pelicans administrative staff.
Proceeds raised from the annual Louisiana Legislature’s Annual HoopLA charity basketball game and a Pelicans’ contribution provided the funds for the court’s makeover. State Representative Pierre’s name was randomly selected out of the list of names of all legislators who participated in the game this summer, and he selected the court at Heymann Park in his district to be refurbished.
“It is our commitment to support and enhance local communities across Louisiana and it’s our pleasure to once again partner with our state legislature in enhancing places of recreation and we appreciate the dedication of all those that participate in HoopLa,” said Pelicans President Dennis Lauscha. “In addition to giving local children and active adults a safe place to enjoy the game of basketball, it also supports one of our organization’s greatest missions, which is to encourage our youth to live healthy and active lifestyles. We’re extremely grateful to the legislators in the house and senate for making this possible and it’s an honor to bestow this beautiful, new basketball court to the Lafayette community.”
“I’m grateful to the New Orleans Pelicans and the Louisiana Legislature Charity fund for their commitment to the youth of our state,” said State Representative Vincent Pierre. “This new basketball court means so much to so many kids in this area. It’s important that we take the necessary steps to keep our youth involved in safe activities and off the streets and the new court is a step in that direction.”
“It’s exciting to open our 7th court! Our partnership with the Pelicans and with the help of many sponsors have allowed us to invest in communities across Louisiana,” said State Representative John Schroder. “The outdoor basketball courts will allow the children in this area to have a first class atmosphere to play in.”
“We are appreciative of the positive impact the new court will have within our community and appreciate the relationship between Lafayette Parks and Recreation and the New Orleans Pelicans,” said Senator Paul Boudreaux. “The court is an enhancement to our community and we are pleased to have this facility for our at-risk youth which will encourage healthy competition in a safe environment.”
For additional information, please contact Doug Miller at (504) 731-1895.