Former New Orleans Saints Linebacker Rickey Jackson in Opelousas

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Former New Orleans Saints Linebacker Rickey Jackson stopped by Opelousas Tuesday to lend a hand to the Opelousas Life Church and their effort to renovate their gymnasium to provide a safe place for the community youth.

The church is trying to raise $250,000 for renovations and to fund after-school youth programs. They’re hoping to do that with a charity golf tournament called “Swing a club save a child.”

Jackson says it’s important to him to help young people and provide the guidance that they otherwise might not receive at home.

“You gotta reach out to the young kids. If you don’t reach out to them while they’re young, you’re gonna miss them. So I appreciate what the pastor’s doing, trying to get them. Same thing I’m doing in New Orleans, trying to reach out to the young generation, you know, most of them got their pants down, thinking that’s the way to go but we’re trying to get them and let them know there’s a better way than that.”

The Swing a Club Save a Child tournament will be held Wednesday, August 20th at Indian Hills Country Club. The cost is $100 per person or $400 dollars per team. For more information on the tournament, you can call 945-6765.

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