Hornets Still Playing Big Part in New Orleans’ Rebuilding

The Sports Network’s NBA Editor John McMullen wrote a feature story under the header, “Paul, Hornets Help New Orleans Rebuild.”


In the piece, the New Orleans Hornets kind of take a back seat to the New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD), where the needs are. McMullen noted that NORD “is working to restore the city’s communities by rebuilding facilities that house the athletic and recreational, as well as educational and cultural programs, which shut down following Katrina.”

According to NORD, “city operated playgrounds, stadiums, basketball courts, swimming pools and multi-purpose centers suffered an estimated $60 million in damages from the storm.”

NORD Director Larry Barabino Jr.: “We’re working very hard to return everything our communities lost after the storms including those centers that our youth became so accustomed to using for various reasons. NORD was devastated, our budget went from $8.7 million to $87,000 at one point but thanks to the generosity of corporations and foundations, we have been able to provide New Orleans youth with safe, wholesome, fun and educational activities.”

New Orleans Hornets G Chris Paul said, “Giving back to my community is very important. Through my foundation and the Hornets I have been able to help the community and will always do so. New Orleans is home to me and giving back to New Orleans is something that is very important to me.”

Paul added, “Everyone here has a different story, and that’s just why every time you hear a story you can’t help but to get teary-eyed and get goose bumps because when you see the pictures and you see the footage on TV no way can that actually compare to the people that were here during the storm” (John McMullen, The Sports Network, 3/10).