ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH– On Saturday, September 7, Tulane University hosted River Parishes Day at the Tulane Football game and approximately 291 St. John Parish youth were transported to the Superdome for the Tulane/Alabama football game. Participants enjoyed tailgating before the game and received Tulane posters autographed by the men’s basketball team. The group lined the end zone to cheer on the football players and staff as they entered the field before the game.
“It was a new and exciting experience for most of our youth as it was their first time attending a college football game in the Superdome,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “As a Tulane fan and supporter, I enjoyed being with the children and seeing the excitement on their faces as they cheered on our local athletes.”
The St. John Parish Department of Parks and Recreation was instrumental in organizing this event for the parish. Local students and athletes from recreation teams and various St. John schools including, John L. Ory, Garyville/Mt. Airy Science and Math Magnet, LaPlace Elementary, West St. John Elementary and Lake Pontchartrain Elementary were in attendance, as well as children and fans from around the Parish.
“Saturday’s River Parish Day at Tulane was a huge success. A special thanks to all of those who coordinated, chaperoned and helped with the event. This opportunity would not have been possible without the generosity of Marques Colston Charities and State Representative Randal Gaines for helping sponsor the event,” said Acting Parks and Recreation Director Debra Poche. She added, “Being able to bring together our parish youth from many neighborhoods and schools was very rewarding for all involved and we look forward to continuing to create positive experiences for our youth.”
For more information on St. John Parks & Recreation, please call (985) 652-9569 or visit sjbparish.com.