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Former Globetrotter helps gym get a facelift

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MORGANZA - James "Big Brown" Joseph says shooting hoops after school kept him out of trouble when he was growing up, but he's worried kids in Morgazna might not get that chance.

"Theres no gym. There's nowhere inside in this particular area for kids to play in at all," he says.

So the former Harlem Globetrotter started talking to city leaders about turning the old Morganza High School gym into a place where kids can be active.

"It's an abandoned building. There's nothing going on in the community so we're trying to bring the community back to the school where there can be something going on at all times, to liven up the place," he says.

The building has been vacant for several years ever since Morganza High school, and later Morganza Elementary School shut its doors. Many say it left a void in the community that has never been filled.

"That's the way it is, a lot of small communities break down," says Carmella Guedry.

Guedry's husband was once the principal of Morganza High and all of her children attended the school. She and others we spoke to are hoping the new gym will bring some much needed life into their community.

"That's what the youth in this town need. They need somewhere to go, something to do. I think it's a great idea and I'm glad to hear it," says Mike Rimmer.

Planners hope the renovations will be completed by late fall.

They are looking for volunteers to help. Contact Pointe Coupee Parish Parks and Recreation Department for information.


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