by Alejandro de los Rios
It seems like only yesterday that I went to the the site of the Iberville Projects' Boys and Girls Club to look around at where Peja Stojakovic was going to build a basketball court. Then I check my calendar and realize that it was indeed two and a half weeks ago. Boy, does time fly.
Today the Boys & Girls Club of South East Louisiana celebrated the grand opening of it's Iberville Center. Dozens of area children were in attendance and registered with the Boys & Girls Club and enjoyed free food and activities (including one moon bounce which very nearly toppled over from all the exuberant youth inside).
Program Assistant Jerome Williams took me and the first group of kids to sign up on a tour of the facilities. While pointing out the new computers, classrooms and the Pop-A-Shot (!), he emphasized to the children that this is their "home away from home and you need to respect it." While it was all fun and games today, Williams said, kids are expected to do their homework every day before taking advantage of the extracurricular activities. Good message, good cause. Join me after the jump for some a whole bunch of pictures, including before and afters of the site.