THIBODAUX – Proceeds from the HTV/Lions Club Bayou vs. River Showdown – a charity football game conducted Saturday, Dec. 20, at John L. Guidry Stadium – will help 18 incoming Nicholls State University students pay for their education.
The recipients, each of whom either played on one of the participating teams or served as cheerleaders at the game, were chosen by the Nicholls Scholarship Committee and awarded a one-time, $500 scholarship on an HTV-10 broadcast earlier this month.
Representatives of the Thibodaux Lions Club and HTV-10 presented the Nicholls Foundation with a check for $9,000 – covering the 18 awards – on Wednesday, May 13. John Ford, director of human resources at Nicholls and co-chair of the football game, joined his father, Luke Ford, co-chair of the game, and Martin Folse, owner and president of HTV-10 in Houma, as they passed the check to Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert, university president.
“We are very pleased to have been able to contribute to these students’ education, and we thank HTV and all the rest of our sponsors for their generosity,” John Ford said. “Indeed we look forward to the 2009 game.”
Players and cheerleaders from six parishes and 18 area high schools participated in the fifth annual football game – pitting the “Bayou Parishes” against the “River Parishes.” Proceeds from the games have generated a total of $36,000 in scholarships for Nicholls students over the past five years.
Scholarship recipients this year include Stephen S. Barba of Terrebonne High School; Otis Ben of Destrehan High School; Brian Blackwell of Destrehan High School; Nora Brennen of Destrehan High School; Lauren Brochard of Central Lafourche High School; Chris Callahan of E. D. White High School; Candice Crotwell of Central Lafourche High School; John Daigle of E. D. White High School; Sinead Diggs of Terrebonne High School; Garrett Falgout of South Terrebonne High School; Blake Forsythe of St. Charles High School; Terrance Green of St. James High School; Bobby Grorman of Destrehan High School; Megan Gros of H.L. Bourgeois High School; Tamera Lafont of South Lafourche High School; Megan Landry of South Terrebonne High School; Heather Melancon of Thibodaux High School; and Alexie Naquin of Thibodaux High School.