Donaldsonville Shootout tournament has big turnout

Kyle Riviere
Many teams from Ascension, surrounding parishes and even Texas showed up to the Donaldsonville gym for the Shootout tournament.

Last weekend, many from the parish and the surrounding area showed up to the Donaldsonville High School gym to play a little basketball for a good cause.

The participants took part in the third annual Shootout at Donaldsonville High School unisex basketball tournament. This tournament honors those that have lost their lives to gun violence.

The motto of the tournament is: "We shoot jumpers, not each other."

DreamBig 100 founder and former Donaldsonville High basketball standout Delacey Joseph helped put the event together in hopes of making a difference in the communities.

"I have played basketball since I was 6 years old, and I can honestly say hooping to promote nonviolence is the highlight of my basketball career because it's all about making a difference and showing those who have lost loved ones we care," Joseph said.

Joseph was a district MVP and All-State selection for Donaldsonville back in her high-school playing days.

She went on to start at Tulane, before playing professionally overseas.

Joseph founded the DreamBig organization--which is dedicated to giving Ascension kids ages 4-18 a chance to learn the game of basketball and thrive in the sport.

They work with the players to improve their skills through training, coaching and mentorship from the conclusion of the school year until the end of the summer.

DreamBig also has a successful AAU girl's basketball team that often travels out of state and competes for championships.

Joseph said that there was a great turnout for the Shootout at Donaldsonville High School this year.

There were teams from Donaldsonville, Gonzales, St. Amant, Baton Rouge, Plaquemine, Convent and even Texas that showed up to play.