Pelicans Unveil Newly Refurbished Court in Lafayette

July 16, 2013

The third time is always the charm.

You can’t blame State Rep. Nancy Landry for not sinking her first two attempts. It’s not like she was given time to warm up before the ceremony. However, her third attempt looked like a textbook bank shot as it whipped through the net.

The New Orleans Pelicans and the Louisiana Legislators’ Charity Fund hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly refurbished basketball court at Picard Park in Lafayette this past Friday, July 12. Representative Nancy Landry took the first official shots on the court once the ceremony was complete.

The park was submitted by Landry into the raffle that took place at the 2012-13 House vs. Senate Basketball Game put on by the Legislators’ Charity Fund and its underwriting sponsors, the New Orleans Pelicans, Cox Communications and the Louisiana Seafood Board. Each year eligible courts in need of rehabilitation are submitted by legislators, with one court being selected at the annual House vs. Senate game.

Proceeds raised from the annual HoopLA charity basketball game along with a Pelicans contribution provided the funds for the court’s renovation. Several courts across the state have been refurbished by the Pelicans and the Legislators’ Charity Fund since the partnership began in 2009.

Landry joined John Schroder, chairman of the Legislators Charity Fund and a state representative from St. Tammany Parish, State Sen. Page Cortez, Lafayette Councilman Keith Patin and officials from Pelicans, Cox Communications and the Louisiana Seafood Board at the ceremony.