Jeremiah West, a baseball player at LaGrange High School, shows off a new bat and one of the team's new uniforms that were purchased with funds from a grant coordinated by the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana. (Kara Carrier / American Press)
Last Modified: Monday, March 24, 2014 11:03 AM
Athletic programs at LaGrange High School were able to purchase needed supplies and equipment courtesy of a grant coordinated by the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana. The grant provided the school with more than $20,000 to assist basketball, track, baseball and football programs.
During a news conference Friday, LaGrange students and coaches thanked the foundation and donors and showed off some of the equipment the grant enabled the school to buy, such as baseball bats, track and field hurdles and blocks, basketball training aids and uniforms.
Rico Guillory, principal at LaGrange, said the money takes some of the burden off of coaches and parents, who would normally have to try to raise funds to keep the programs going, especially with small sports programs. “With these smaller sports, they usually don’t have a large base of admission like football does,” Guillory said. “They need more money because expenses of sports are high. So they really need some extra help.”
Guillory also said that athletics play a big role in students attending and doing well in school and having the grant will contribute to that.
According to Sara Judson, Community Foundation CEO, the grant was the first of its kind for her organization. She said the grant was the product of several LaGrange alumni who sit on the LaGrange High School Athletic and Educational Fund Advisory Board wanting to do something for their school.
“We had dollars raised through a variety of contributions, and that’s how we were able to make the first grant,” Judson said. “What I love about this is that people who are passionate about a cause can get together and as a group can have a bigger impact than someone can individually.”