The Doucet/ Begnaud Invitational
Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM (CDT)
Baton Rouge, LA
This is the backbone of RR&B, first founded in the summer of 1994 as a softball tournament only. Kick ball was incorporated for the first time last year and met with great response and participation from the community. The inaugural softball tournament gathered a modest four teams and was played in founder Jacques Doucet's backyard in Maurice, Louisiana. Inspired by star Kevin Kosner's iconic movie "Field of Dreams", Doucet and his friends constructed a quirky park from wooden posts and chicken wire. Once it was built, they indeed would 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 fundraiser in 2006 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, held at BREC's pristine Oak Villa facility. Last summer's tournament gathered nearly 70 teams over the three-day event, easily topping the previous record set the year before of 59. Interest and participation is at an all-time high and only figures to soar higher.