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Former Basketball: Elfrid Payton Foundation Charity Weekend Set For July 14-15 In New Orleans

Matt Sullivan, Director of Athletics Communications

Ragin' Cajuns alum, current Pelicans guard to host kickball tournament, basketball clinic

LAFAYETTE – Former Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball star and current New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton will host a couple of events in the Crescent City during his annual Elfrid Payton Foundation Charity Weekend on July 14-15.
 
The weekend will kick off on Saturday, July 14, with the second annual Elfrid Payton Kickball "Glow" Tournament at JB Spencer Park (700 Governor Hall Street) in Gretna. The tournament will showcase community leaders and NBA friends in a kickball game featuring an exhilarating "glow-in-the-dark" party theme with entertainment. The first 100 attendees will receive signature glow prizes.
 
Payton, who played for Louisiana from 2011-14, will conclude the weekend with a free basketball clinic for area youth between the ages of 8-17 at the Alario Center (2000 Segnette Blvd.) in Westwego.
 
Both events are free of charge to the local community. EP Kickball Tournament tickets can be found at www.ElfridPayton.org.
 
For more information, visit www.ElfridPayton.org or e-mail latria@grahamleakbranding.com.

A percentage of proceeds will benefit youth arts programs sponsored at the Elfrid Payton Foundation and Gretna Boys and Girls Club and youth basketball programs.
 
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July 14th, EP Charity Kickball Tournament Media Opportunities:
4:00 p.m. - Kickball Tournament Begins (photo/video opportunity)
6:30 p.m. - Special Presentation (Media Interview Availability)
7:35 p.m. - Championship Trophy Presentation by Elfrid Payton
8:00 p.m. - Event Ends

July 15th, Elfrid Payton Free Youth Basketball Clinic (Camp Registration Closed)
1:00 p.m. - EP Youth Basketball Camp Begins
4:30 p.m. - Awards and Presentations

ABOUT THE ELFRID PAYTON FOUNDATION
The Elfrid Payton Foundation is committed to empowering youth in the areas of health, education, and  arts and culture. Payton has proven himself to be a major difference-maker in the community. To date through his Elfrid Payton Foundation, Payton has impacted the lives of more than 4,000 children. In February 2017, Elfrid Payton  was awarded with the national NBA Community Assist Award by the NBA which is awarded to the top player who has gone above and beyond off the court for his #IAMME Arts & Culture Program.  The 10-week curriculum gave students in afterschool programs a unique opportunity to participate in artistic expression through dance, visual arts, poetry, and musicianship. The program's goal was to help build confidence and promote creative expression skills which dramatically improved the participants behavior and attendance.

In March 2017, Payton's generous efforts off the court earned him the prestigious Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award for the 2016-17 season. The Award honors a player who has dedicated his efforts off the court for the purpose of enhancing the lives of others.

Payton has renovated computer labs, distributed school supplies to the entire school at Gretna Middle School, visited terminally-ill children in hospitals, sponsored youth groups tickets to attend games to have their first ever NBA experience, participated in court renovations, distributed toys and books to families in need during the holidays, sponsor youth basketball teams, and so much more.



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