May 17, 2012

The New Orleans Hornets and the Louisiana State Legislature are teaming up to host the annual House vs. Senate basketball game on Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on the campus of Louisiana State University. The ninth-annual game will feature Representatives competing against Senators in a full-court basketball game that will include the chance for one person to shoot a half-court shot at halftime for a brand new car. The highly-anticipated drawing for a "court refurbishment" will take place following the game.

Hornets Head Coach Monty Williams and Assistant Coaches James Borrego and Bryan Gates will be on hand for the game, and Borrego and Gates will serve as coaches for the teams. Borrego will coach the House, while Gates will lead the Senate.

The Hornets will provide official uniforms for the game, and Hornets entertainment groups including Hugo, Honeybees and the Buzz Patrol will help entertain and interact with fans in attendance. Halftime will feature a special performance by the high flying French Quarter Flyers dunk team.

Prior to the game, the Hornets will host a basketball clinic for 60 kids from the Baton Rouge community from 4:30-5:30 p.m., as well as a Jr. Honeybees dance clinic for 40 girls who will perform a routine prior to tip-off. During the game, Hornets inflatables, interactive games and giveaways will be available for all kids in attendance.

As an organization, we look forward to this fun event every year, said Hornets President Hugh Weber. We are proud to continue our relationship with the State and appreciate the opportunity to provide a little diversion and enjoyment to their busy schedules.

The fourth-annual fundraiser, called the Louisiana Seafood HoopLa Out of Bounds Bash, will take place during the game and will feature gourmet food, cocktails and exclusive silent auction items to help raise money for the Legislators Non-Profit Charity Fund. The Fund, which was started by legislators in 2009 to enhance the lives of Louisiana residents through charitable works, includes supporting physical fitness and promoting healthy recreational activities for the youth. As in previous years, HoopLa will raise money to provide a refurbished basketball court in a participating legislators district. The Legislators will also provide funds raised to the local outreach programs to help deal with the homeless community around the Baton Rouge area.

The New Orleans Hornets have become a big part of our annual basketball game and we love the exciting elements they bring to the event, said Louisiana State Representative John Schroder. Every year, Baton Rouge gets a taste of the excitement of the NBA. We support the Hornets and truly appreciate what they do on and off the court throughout the entire state of Louisiana.

Admission to the basketball game is free and open to the public, but tickets for the Louisiana Seafood HoopLa Bash are $100 each which admits two. Tickets can be purchased by contacting State Rep. John Schroder at

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