BATON ROUGE - In an effort to share culture and strengthen tourism ties, including sports initiatives, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne recently organized a shipment to France of 657 pounds of game-worn baseball uniforms and equipment from Louisiana college and university teams.

The items, which were used by the teams in previous seasons but are no longer needed, were donated to the Rhône-Alpes Baseball and Softball League based in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. This goodwill contribution will help to expose more French children and adults to baseball and softball - sports that are still in the fledgling stages of accessibility in France.

Five Louisiana baseball coaches donated items for the shipment, which includes approximately 250 pairs of baseball pants, 110 jerseys and 75 pairs of cleats, in addition to assorted gloves, bats, helmets and other clothing and equipment.

The participating coaches are Wade Simoneaux, head coach at Louisiana Tech University; L.J. Dupuy, head coach at Baton Rouge Community College; Joe Scheuermann, athletic director and head coach at Delgado Community College; Seth Thibodeaux, head coach at Nicholls State University and Tony Robichaux, head coach at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

This donation is part of a cultural exchange program that resulted from Dardenne’s cultural, educational and economic development mission to France last October.