Keeping parish kids on the straight & narrow
Dominic Brown and friends are on a mission to help at-risk kids from our toughest neighborhoods embrace sports, not crime or drugs
|Photo by Shonna Riggs|
They started their good work after they were told the Boutte Booster Club was looking for new leadership and couldn't continue without it.
That’s when Dominic Brown, his wife, Triche, and Ralph Young agreed to “pick up the ball” and run with it.
"This club is important to parents and to children because it helps kids keep busy and gives them something positive to focus on,” Dominic told the Herald-Guide.
"Through sports activities the kids learn life skills like leadership, responsibility and determination."
"We teach these kids about goals and we steer them in the right direction by challenging them with healthy and wholesome sports competition."
Dominic says he recruits children from communities with the “worst reputations.” He encourages them to channel their energy
into baseball, football, and basketball instead of the ugly alternatives: drugs, crime, violence and life on the streets.
"We have good kids in every community that are getting into trouble because there is nothing constructive for them to do to stay busy," he said.
"What we need are gyms in areas like Boutte, Luling, Des Allemands and the surrounding communities. They would give children a safe place to play instead of hanging out in areas with high drug and crime statistics."
Dominic reminds kids that athletics is only half of the solution.
To play high school and college sports, kids still have to maintain good grades.
"My wife tutors some of the kids on the team who may be having problems with their class work, and Ms. Dana Coons helps also.
She's a teacher whose son plays on the team," he continued. So far, 175 kids have enrolled.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
Kaleb Perilloux was en route to pick up his brother and a friend in Prairieville...
All schools deal with the issue of bullying. St. Rose Elementary School is taking...
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Magnolia Companies in St. Rose has a...
Call it awesome, a great cause or an amazing achievement from everyone pulling...
Nicknamed “Ally Gator,” a pit bull tossed off the elevated portion of Interstate...
Towering 150 feet over the Mississippi River, the 32-year-old Hale Boggs Memorial...
Bent's RV is a Full Service RV Dealership in Louisiana.
Area hit by rash of auto crimes - 531 views
On Sept. 20, Sheriff Greg Champagne posted on his Facebook page that there were several attempts to steal automobiles in the Luling, Boutte and Mimosa areas within a 10-day time frame.