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Dear Editor,

Louisiana’s incredible sports culture is certainly one of our state’s major bragging points. Soon, we’ll have a place to celebrate it when the long-awaited Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum opens next summer in Natchitoches.

Now, Louisiana sports fans have an urgent opportunity. The Hall of Fame Foundation is racing toward deadline tonight to meet a $250,000 Challenge Grant with all proceeds supporting completion of exhibits for the museum. The state has provided $21.7 million in funding for this magnificent celebration of excellence in Louisiana, and the Hall of Fame Foundation is within range of its goal of $1.1 million in private money to complete the exhibit plan.

The Challenge Grant will match each contribution, of any amount (examples – $10, $25, $50, $100, $1,000 and above) to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation. Contributions can be made at the website by clicking on the button at the top right of the website and noting “Challenge Grant” as the contribution gift type on the drop-down menu.

Imagine if 5,000 of us gave $10 each by visiting the website by midnight tonight. That would be $50,000 doubled, all for the price of a couple of hot dogs and a drink at the concession stand this weekend. It’s that easy and painless to join our team. Be our leadoff hitter. Visit now and give a little, to help Louisiana get a lot.

Doug Ireland,

Chairman, La Sports Hall of Fame