Zachary Youth Park’s Going Yard for Landon event coincided with the park’s opening night of its fall youth baseball league on Oct. 5.
Landon Blackwell, 8, a Rollins Place Elementary student in Zachary, recently was diagnosed with cancer but has returned home from undergoing treatments at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
“Landon always plays for a Zachary Youth Park league and on a team, and his dad, Carl, always coaches,” Zachary Youth Park’s Dianne LeBlanc said.
When teams were drafted for the youth league, Landon was included on the Tigers’ team for 6- to 8-year-olds because LSU is his favorite, LeBlanc said.
At the ceremony, a collection was taken up for the Blackwell family by the players, their families and fans.
Zachary High School’s baseball and softball teams attended, as did the Lady Bears softball team from Baton Rouge Community College, which plays its home games at the park.
LeBlanc said the entire fall season has been dedicated to Landon, and during games, players will be “Going Yard for Landon.”
Cards and letters by the Lady Bears were given to members of Landon’s family, and each team presented their own donations to the family, which included money, a Tigers jersey and baseball cap, a signed baseball and blanket from LSU and a gift basket from Shawn and Sharron Ventura, of Raising Cane’s.
LeBlanc said concession sales from the Youth Park’s fall season will be donated to Landon and his family, as well.