Tulane Teams With Area Catholic Schools

"It's a great fit to connect the schools in the archdiocese to Tulane Athletics," said the Reverend William Maestri, Superintendent of the area's Catholic Schools. "The athletics program at Tulane is something we want to be associated with. It is a program that goes beyond wins and losses, and the archdiocese finds it important to be associated with institutions like it."

New Orleans – Tulane Athletics has teamed up with the schools of the Archdiocese of New Orleans in a new program designed to benefit both New Orleans institutions by increasing ticket sales while providing opportunities for youngsters to attend Tulane games. The program will also provide for interaction between Green Wave student-athletes and young people attending these schools through a community service component.

"It's a great fit to connect the schools in the archdiocese to Tulane Athletics," said the Reverend William Maestri, Superintendent of the area's Catholic Schools. "The athletics program at Tulane is something we want to be associated with. It is a program that goes beyond wins and losses, and the archdiocese finds it important to be associated with institutions like it."

Through the new program, Tulane will host "Catholic Schools Night" at several of its athletic events over the next year, beginning with the Tulane-UNO baseball game on Tuesday, May 3, at Zephyr Field. The grammar schools of the archdiocese will sell discounted tickets to the game and in return, a portion of the proceeds from the ticket sales will go to each school. The program has the ability to be expanded to other Green Wave sports beginning in 2005-06, including football, men's and women's basketball, volleyball, tennis and women's soccer.

In addition, Tulane will send its student-athletes, several of whom are graduates of the area's Catholic schools, to the grammar schools of the archdiocese to speak and participate in programs and activities. The Archdiocese of New Orleans includes 106 schools and 50,000 students. The program is the first organized collaboration between the athletics department and the area Catholic schools.

"Whenever we can get Tulane student-athletes together with young people in the community, it is a win-win situation," said Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson. "Whether that is attending a game where the kids can experience intercollegiate athletics, or in the schools where they meet and talk to Tulane students, it's an important opportunity for both groups. We're excited to reach out to this segment of the New Orleans community with this new program."

The effort is similar to the partnership between Tulane and the New Orleans Recreation Department which has resulted in hundreds of children attending Green Wave athletics events as well as mentorship opportunities between student-athletes and local kids. Earlier this spring, Tulane joined with the Times-Picayune through its "Partners in Education" program to provide newspapers and tickets to a pair of Tulane Baseball games to area youngsters.

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