Tuesday, October 9, 2012
On Saturday, September 29, Tulane University hosted River Parishes Day at the Tulane Football game and over 150 St. John Parish youth were transported to the Superdome by the St. John Parish School Transportation Department. Participants enjoyed the “tailgate village” before the game which included food, drinks, spacewalks and a football tossing event. Participants also formed a “human tunnel” on the field for the Tulane football players and staff to enter the field. “Goody bags” were distributed consisting of tablets, pens, crayons and other school supplies. “As an avid Tulane fan and supporter of activities for youth, I enjoyed being with the children and seeing the excitement on their faces. Attending a college football game in the Super Dome was a new experience for many of them, but we hope to make the occurence routine,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.
“River Parishes Day was a huge success,” said Councilman-At-Large Division “A” Lucien Gauff. ‘I could play here’, ‘I want to go to Tulane’ were comments from our kids as they stepped onto the field. For most it was a first time in the Superdome, and for all it was a different perspective, not just of the game, but of life.”
St. John the Baptist Parish Officials and representatives were recognized on the field during the first quarter and throughout the game as River Parish Day was announced frequently. Local football teams from John L. Ory, Garyville/Mt. Airy Science and Math Magnet, LaPlace Elementary, West St. John Elementary and Our Lady of Grace were in attendance, as well as children and fans from St. John Parish.
“I’d like to first give thanks to the Marques Colston Charities as well as local resident Quentin Moore, and NALCO for recognizing the importance of creating positive experiences for our youth and for helping to sponsor the event,” said Parks & Recreation Director Terrence Jones. He added, “The event gave participants of our recreation programs an opportunity to interact with various peer groups outside of their usual setting, an encounter we hope will inspire future aspirations on and off the playing fields.”
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