DreamBig wins championship, hosts camp

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
The DreamBig Elite team brought back another tournament title to Ascension Parish.

It has been a special time for Donaldsonville’s own DreamBig organization.

Not only was their annual camp another great success, but their travel basketball team brought home another championship.

DreamBig is directed by former Donaldsonville and Tulane basketball player Delacey Joseph. It’s dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in basketball for school-aged kids, ages 4-18, in the Ascension area. They develop player skills, knowledge of the game, strategy and sportsmanship.

The organization has its own girl’s basketball squad called DreamBig Elite. It’s a nonprofit team that travels across the country, competing in front of college coaches. They put their players in a position to receive scholarship offers and continue playing the game at the next level.

Recently, the Dreambig Elite team hit the road for a tournament that was attended by more than 100 college basketball coaches.

The team lost its first game, but they bounced back to win their next four, capturing the tournament title.

DreamBig Elite has five sophomores and five juniors. They have two more tournaments ahead of them this summer.

The DreamBig organization also hosted their fifth annual basketball camp last week.

The camp is designed to teach the kids life skills through the game of basketball. The campers were coached by former and current collegiate players, including Joseph.

Proceeds of the camp were donated to the DreamBig Elite team.

The attendees were joined by two guest speakers: Linda Hull and Officer Livingston Alfred.

Hull is the founder of the Beyond the Badge organization. It was started in 2016 as a way to recognize law enforcement officers who perform acts of kindness beyond that required by the oaths of service.

Each March, Beyond the Badge selects officers, who have been nominated by their respective agencies or the public, to receive a “Heart of Law Enforcement” award for their benevolent acts.

Hull spoke to the campers about the power of self-encouragement.

Alfred has been a member of law enforcement for more than 20 years. He spoke to the campers about the importance of hard work and practice.