News Release

Pelicans and Louisiana Legislative Charity Fund Dedicate
Refurbished Basketball Court in New Orleans

April 11, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Pelicans and The La. Legislative Charity Fund will dedicate a refurbished basketball court at Carver Park (7424 Prytania Street) in New Orleans on Friday, April 11 at 10:00 a.m.

Pelicans in-arena emcee Nicole Collins will host the event and Pierre the Pelican, as well as members of the Pelicans Dance Team, will be in attendance to help dedicate the court. Representatives John Schroder and Neil Abramson, as well as Senator Conrad Appel will be joined by Council Member Susan G. Guidry, Pelicans President Dennis Lauscha, NORDC CEO Vic Richards and Chevron General Manager of Policy, Government and Public Affairs Sakari Morrison in celebrating the opening of the refurbished court.

In addition to a new court, Chevron and the NORD Foundation teamed up to repair the roof over the court to ensure that the court would be protected and local students could enjoy the court in all weather conditions. Thirty students from St. Joan of Arc Elementary will christen the court as the Pelicans will host a clinic following the dedication.

“Our commitment to give back to local communities expands throughout the entire state of Louisiana and partnering with our local and state legislature enhances those efforts,” said Pelicans President Dennis Lauscha. “In addition to giving local children a safe place to enjoy the game of basketball, it also supports one of our greatest missions as an organization in encouraging our youth to live a healthy and active lifestyle. We’re grateful to the legislators for making this possible and are also thankful to the NORD Foundation and Chevron for teaming up with us to give Carver Park a beautiful, new basketball facility.”

"I am thrilled to see the joint effort of these organizations coming together to make such a positive impact on the Carver Park Community,” said Abramson.

“As the representative for the Legislative Charity Fund, I am happy to finish the fifth court project with the New Orleans Pelicans,” said Schroder. “This is a direct reflection of the members of the Legislature’s commitment to our communities across Louisiana. I invite everyone out to enjoy this newest project overseen by the Pelicans organization.”

“The refurbished Carver Park basketball court will be a true asset to District A. Investing in our youth is essential for rebuilding a stronger, safer New Orleansm,” said Guidry. “I would like to thank the New Orleans Pelicans, The Louisiana Legislative Charity Fund, Chevron, and the NORD Foundation for their contribution to our community and their commitment to the youth of District A.”

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. Abramson’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 Carver Park in his district to be refurbished.

“Chevron is proud to be a supporter of the latest NORDC park improvement,” Morrison said. “Our partnership with NORDC and the Pelicans works to not only give our youth a safe place to participate in sports, but it also enables NORDC program participants to improve their overall quality of life.”

“Playgrounds are neighborhood cornerstones,” said Victor N. Richard, NORDC CEO, “and Carver Park provides a welcoming and safe place for youth in the community to play basketball, have family fun, and participate in team sports that build character. We’re grateful for the support of Chevron, the Pelicans and the La. Legislative Charity