LSU to play game in New Orleans for Katrina relief

Updated: June 22, 2006, 4:08 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU will host a women's basketball game in New Orleans as part of a weekend of events to benefit "LSU Operation Rebound," the school announced on Thursday.

The Lady Tigers will face Louisiana Tech in the New Orleans Arena on Dec. 30 in what the school dubbed the Katrina Relief Basketball Classic. All the proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity and the Friends of New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD).

"LSU Operation Rebound" is the a brainchild of LSU coach Pokey Chatman, a native of the New Orleans area, and was created to help the Lady Tigers basketball program rebuild Louisiana.

"The devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina does not have to remain the reality," Chatman said. "We want to assist in the recovery effort at our highest level and inspire others to do the same."

Besides the game, a banquet and auction will be held during the Katrina Relief Basketball Classic weekend. Along with the funds raised by those events, the Pokey Chatman Foundation has created the Pokey Chatman Century Club, an organization of 100 people each contributing $1,000 to join.

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