The annual House vs. Senate basketball game is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, June 7, at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center, and once again the New Orleans Hornets organization has signed on as the official host. While past legislative basketball games have been nothing more than a full-court exhibition of semi-skill, this year's event will include a charity fundraiser. Admission to the basketball game is free, but the "HoopLA Out of Bounds Bash" charity event will coincide with the game for an admission price of $100 a couple.
Proceeds of the fundraiser go to the Legislators' Charity Fund, which for the past two years raised money for Children's Hospital in New Orleans at Christmas time. This week's event will feature gourmet food, cocktails and a silent auction; proceeds will be used to refurbish a basketball court in a participating legislator's district. In order to qualify for the basketball court project, however, lawmakers must buy a ticket to the event, and the winning district will be selected by a drawing. In addition, one lucky contestant (not a legislator) can shoot from half-court for a new Chevrolet Camaro.
"I could not be more pleased with the success of this event in just two years," says state Rep. John Schroder, R-Covington, chairperson for the event. "We have a great committee that is fortunate to have the Hornets as a partner. During this tough economy we are able to bring some needed financial assistance to a lucky public body and provide needed recreation for our youth."
Tickets and information are available from Schroder at firstname.lastname@example.org. — Jeremy Alford