RCAF News

April 22, 2021

RCAF celebrates new videoboard donors with Dinner at the Diamond event

The Ragin’ Cajun Athletic Foundation celebrated the installation of a new softball videoboard Wednesday, April 21 with the donors who contributed toward the addition to Yvette Girouard Field at Lamson Park.

The videoboard is in memory of 1961 University alumnus Charles D. “Charlie” Bernard, a longtime fan. His wife, Karen, and the other donors who made the new videoboard possible attended the Dinner at the Diamond event alongside University and Athletics leadership.


Several other donors – David and Barbara Friedrichs, Dr. Danny and Jeanine Bourque, Don and Vanita Atkins, Darrell and Dr. Cindy Cobb, David and Susie Crouch, former coach Yvette Girouard, and Sam and Cindy Landers – contributed to build a state-of-the-art display.

The board is one of the largest softball videoboards in the South and features a new LED screen, active video area of over 14 by 30 feet, ability for full screen video playback, and recognition of being built in memory of Charlie, who passed away in 2016.

RCAF Executive Director and Athletics Deputy Director Lee De Leon is grateful to have met Bernard and helped the project come to fruition. “When you have the best fans in the country, you can depend on them to help our student-athletes. Having such a high-quality videoboard within the Sun Belt conference is uncommon, so this demonstrates the caliber of our team and its supporters. We are touched that Charlie’s legacy of dedication to Louisiana Softball will live on through this gift.”

The event came right after the ranking of the team moved up to 13th following their win against Louisiana Tech April 20.

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