Officials were on hand today to dedicate new facilities and get read for Hoops for Kids. Find out more about the event and the Boys and Girls Club on the link below. The Press Release from the Parish is at the bottom.
Peter Atkins Memorial Basketball Courts Improvements Complete – 3rd Annual Hoops for Kids Tournament Scheduled
Thanks in-part to a HUD Community Development Block Grant awarded by the St. Tammany Parish Department of Health and Human Services to the City of Covington, the Peter Atkins Memorial Basketball Courts on N. Tyler Street cut the ribbon on the newly completed upgrades.
During the first stage of the project a large 101’ x 119’ canopy was constructed, big enough to cover two full size basketball courts, providing a better playing environment and protection from the elements for all of the children who use the facility. The canopy is also illuminated and now has the ability to cater to night time events. The second phase was a complete renovation to the surface of the courts.
“This project exemplifies the way St. Tammany Parish Government works collaboratively with other public and private entities to achieve things that add to our superb quality of life,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Facilities that encourage our children to get outside and remain active are positives for communities like ours filled with an large youth population.”
“This tremendous project could not have been achieved without the public and private partnerships that united in support of our youth. I extend my thanks to St. Tammany Parish Government for their assistance and collaboration, to State Representative John Schroder, who spearheaded Hoops for Kids, along with generous corporate sponsors Chevron and New Orleans Pelicans, and the numerous volunteers — their dreams for the youth in this neighborhood and our entire community are now a reality,” Mayor Mike Cooper.
“It’s really exciting to see what can happen with collaboration between business and government. It has been a great effort and children in the Covington area are the benefactors,” said John Schroder, Louisiana State Representative of District 77. “We are fortunate to have a corporation like Chevron and a professional sports franchise like the Pelicans in our community. We really owe them a tremendous THANK YOU for investing in this project.”
The project began in early April, of this year and reached completion this month, in time to host the 3rd Annual Hoops for Kids Tournament. The Hoops For Kids project began four years ago to help raise money for upgrades to the aging courts at the park. This year’s tournament will be held at the newly renovated courts on Saturday, September 5, 2015 with the proceeds benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Covington. To register for the tournament or for more information, visit http://www.bgcsela.org/hoops.