NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, the City and Healthy Start New Orleans announced a Father’s Day weekend 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Conrad Park (3400 Hamilton Street, New Orleans, LA 70118) scheduled for Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 11:00 am to 2:00 p.m. Healthy Start New Orleans has partnered with the Best Babies Zone and AmeriHealth Caritas to help organize the event. The tournament will feature entertainment from AD Berry and WYLD, food, resources for men and families, and field games for smaller children.

WHO: Healthy Start New Orleans

           Best Babies Zone
           AmeriHealth Caritas

WHAT: Father’s Day Celebration and 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

WHEN: Saturday, June 14, 11 am – 2 pm

WHERE: Conrad Park
              3400 Hamilton Street
              New Orleans, LA 70118

 To sign up, gather a team and contact Derrick Francis at or call (504) 658-4973.


About Healthy Start
The mission of Healthy Start New Orleans (HSNO) is to promote healthy communities by nurturing healthy pregnancies, healthy babies, and healthy families.  HSNO offers outreach, health education, teen, male, and grandparent programs, and case management services to help families who are pregnant or have a child under two years old get off to a good start and have a healthy start in life.  HSNO is supported in part by project H49MC00099-07-0, United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal & Child Health Bureau (MCHB) (Title V-Social Security). 

About Best Babies Zone
Babies born a healthy weight are far more likely to survive their first year of life. A snapshot of residents reveal that babies in the Hollygrove, are three times more likely to be born low birth weight (less than 5.5 pounds) than babies born in other US neighborhoods. Complex socioeconomic factors and environmental stressors cause poor birth outcomes that extend into the overall health of our communities.  BBZ aims to improve birth and health outcomes by mobilizing communities to address the social determinants that affect health. The BBZ vision is that all babies are born healthy, in communities that enable them to thrive and reach their full potential.  BBZ is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and is being implemented in three cities – Cincinnati, Ohio; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Oakland, California.  In New Orleans, BBZ is located in a section of the Hollygrove neighborhood where 22.5% of infants are born underweight.