The Zachary Athletic Foundation has announced its first major fundraising effort for 2015.
The fund drive is in support of renaming the Academic Athletic Building on Zachary High’s campus to the Jerry Boudreaux Athletic Building in honor of the late Jerry Boudreaux who died at age 81 in October, John Stagg, ZAF president, said.
Principal of ZHS from 1970 to 1995, Boudreaux was a community and church leader, educator, volunteer, Air Force veteran, Baker Jaycee, Zachary Rotarian and Louisiana High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame member as well as a father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
“His legacy of caring for students and for the many people served by the organizations he was a part of are reasons we have chosen to honor him,” Stagg said.
A native of Grand Point, Boudreaux graduated from Baker High School in 1952 and Southwestern Louisiana Institute, now University of Louisiana at Lafayette, in 1956. He worked as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and, briefly, as the first superintendent of the Zachary school system.
Boudreaux served on numerous boards and committees and was a member of many associations, clubs and organizations throughout his lifetime.
He was named an East Baton Rouge Parish Principal of the Year and Zachary Citizen of the Year.
“Mr. Boudreaux was a very well-liked and very respected member of the Zachary community. His generosity and spirit changed many lives,” Stagg said. “His legacy of love and friendship lends to the appropriateness of naming this Zachary High building after him.”
The campaign to rename the building begins in late March when a mailer will be sent to members of the Zachary Athletic Foundation, alumni of ZHS and to a specific demographic in the community, Stagg said.
The cost of the red lettering on the building, which will be back-lit, is estimated at $7,500.
“The project will be completely funded through ZAF and generous donations, but no money will come from district finances. We have only asked the School Board for its blessing,” Stagg said. Any funds donated beyond what’s needed for the signage will be used to upgrade the press box at Bronco Stadium, Stagg said. The mailer asks supporters of Zachary athletics and those who knew and loved Boudreaux to make donations of $25, $50, $100, $250 or more.
To kick things off, Stagg said members of the Boudreaux family already have made a couple of donations in support of the building.
“Once the project is complete, we’ll host a ceremony to unveil and officially dedicate the new Jerry Boudreaux Athletic Building. Of course, the Boudreaux family will be invited to participate,” Stagg said.
Downstairs, the two-story ZHS building features the Bronco football locker room, a weight training room, wrestling and powerlifting areas and a small office. Upstairs are administrative offices for athletic and sports medicine staff, a large conference room for faculty meetings, health and sports medicine classes and school events such as athletic signings. The room also doubles as a space to hold community meetings.
ZAF is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to lead Zachary schools in building a pre-eminent athletic program by enriching the lives of student-athletes in the classroom and at the highest levels of athletic competition, Stagg said.
The project was discussed at the school district’s facilities and operations meeting Feb. 26.
School Board members said they approved of ZAF’s decision to rename the building after Boudreaux.
To donate to ZAF or to the Boudreaux Athletic Building fundraising project, call (225) 658-7332.