Friday, June 23 – Sunday, June 25 2017
The Doucet/Begnaud Invitational – Softball/Kick Ball Tournament
Oak Villa Softball Complex – Baton Rouge, LA
This without a doubt is the backbone of RR&B and the top charity softball-kick ball tournament in the state of Louisiana. It may be the top tournament, period, if you listen to those who participate and play loyally each year. Our latest tournament drew a staggering total of nearly 80 teams to Oak Villa Softball Complex, up from roughly 35 teams just several years before.
This tournament has simply exploded.
“The Doucet/Begnaud Invitational” was first founded in the summer of 1994 in Jacques Doucet’s backyard. That inaugural softball tournament gathered a modest four teams to Maurice, Louisiana. Inspired by star Kevin Kosner’s iconic movie “Field of Dreams”, Doucet and his friends constructed the quirky park from wooden posts and chicken wire. Once it was built, they indeed did come.
Through the years the tournament outgrew quaint Doucet Field, shifting to Picard Park down the road in Milton in 2002, before making the big jump to Pelican Park in Carencro several years later. It was then that best friend and event co-founder Taylor Begnaud presented the idea of making the tournament a charity fundraiser for Louisiana military. Begnaud had served in the army during the 90′s, primarily in Kuwait-based operations overseas. His service, combined with fresh wounds of 9-11 made the cause a no brainer, with the primary focus being LOCAL servicemen.
The first charity tournament in the summer of 2007 made quite a debut, raising $21,000. After years of holding the event in the Lafayette area close to Jacques and Taylor’s home as an annual reunion of sorts, the fundraising potential of Baton Rouge could no longer be ignored. The tournament shifted to the state’s capitol in 2010, and has stayed there since.
Kick ball was a popular addition in 2012 and the participation has quickly multiplied. The players love the sport and have further spiked RRB’s revenue totals.
June 23, 2017
BREC’s Oak Villa Softball Complex – Baton Rouge
It’s been named to 50 for 50: A Celebration of LSU Sports, as one of the greatest things about Tiger athletics by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jeff Marx. And it’s quickly become one the best, most family-oriented events in the Baton Rouge area.
“The Celebrity/Sorta Celebrity Softball Game” is played in the spirit of M-TV’s “Rock N Jock” softball affair, which the network aired back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. This contest gathers some of Louisiana’s most well-known athletes and personalities to participate in an entertaining, light hearted affair to benefit Louisiana military.
Attendees have included Troy Landry and Bruce Mitchell from the smash-hit reality TV show “Swamp People”, along with NFL stars like Joe Addai, Devery Henderson, Joe Horn, Kevin Faulk, Bradie James, Randall “Blue” Gay, Reuben Randle, Brandon LaFell, KeKe Mingo and Glenn Dorsey. NBA favorites like Glenn “Big Baby” Davis, Marcus Thornton and Brandon Bass have also donated their time, along with LSU baseball legends like Ben McDonald, Warren Morris, Ryan Theriot, and Blake Dean. LSU coaches such as Paul Mainieri, Nikki Caldwell & Johnny Jones have also donated their time to the game, with Southern University being well-represented by legendary head baseball coach Roger Cador, head football coach Dawson Odums and men’s head basketball coach Roman Banks.
The game has consistently drawn between 1,000-1,500 fans and been televised in the Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette area by The Pelican Network. All of the participating players stick around for autographs and pictures after the final pitch, truly making it a wonderful experience for all.