Louisiana House tries to out-dunk Senate in charity basketball game

Louisiana House tries to out-dunk Senate in charity basketball game
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POSTED: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 12:54pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 1:58pm

Some may be past their prime, but Louisiana legislators will lace their sneakers, stretch some muscles, and reach way back to pull out some moves on the court to show which arm of the legislature delivers the most baskets.

It’s the House versus the Senate in a game of hoops and a day of hoopla designed to raise money to renovate a community basketball court and assist local efforts to assist the homeless.

Tipping off in the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Legislators invite the public to their annual event called Hoopla, an afternoon of fun, complete with a kids basketball clinic, interactive play area, a seafood dinner - called the Out of Bounds Bash - a silent auction, and a (so they say) friendly game of hoops. Hugo and the Honeybees from the New Orleans Hornets and the French Quarter Flyers Dunk Team will provide the half-time show.

“This is all about family fun and helping kids play basketball, “said Representative John Schroder, “But we definitely will beat the Senate.”

An organizer of the event, Schroder said the proceeds go into the Legislator’s Charity Fund.

“We’ll use the money to renovate a community court so our kids can enjoy basketball in their neighborhood and to offer assistance to the local homeless community,” Schroder said.

Legislators will choose the court to be renovated by a drawing at half-time.

While Legislators supply the sweat and the points, local restaurants, the Louisiana Seafood Board, and the Louisiana Beer League provide the food and drink.

Hoopla starts today at 4:30 p.m. with a kids’ clinic, the seafood bash is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and tipoff is at 6:30 pm. Tickets to the Out of Bounds Bash are $100 per couple and available at the door.

The kids’ clinic is limited to the first 100 who register; the game is free and open to the public. The way in which the public can help raise money is by donation or buying tickets to the Louisiana Seafood Board’s “Out of Bounds Bash.”

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