ST. AMANT, LA (WAFB) - Kasey Tatman says at first she didn't notice a can of paint and brush and all the brooms disappearing from the garage. But when she finally caught Jacob leaving the house with more supplies, he came clean.
"When I asked Jacob what he was doing with all the tools and paint," she said. "He said they were fixing up a place to play basketball.
"Where would that be?" she asked. "He told me it was at the St. Amant Park, 45404 Stringer Bridge Road."
The place Jacob was talking about hardly looked like a basketball court anymore. The hoops and nets were long gone, and long cracks in the cement were spewing cascades of tall grass and weeds. Jacob would one day later grab the family weed killer spray kit and head out for their project.
Jacob told his mom he and his friends all like to play basketball, but didn't have anywhere local to play. So one day they were all talking and they decided to fix up the court at the park, so then they could just drive down the road after school to play basketball and stay active. Jacob went on to say he figured they wouldn't be the only ones that would benefit.
"Everything they bought was with their own money and things they found around the house," said Tatman.
So Jacob Tatman, Joseph Cagayao, Alex Simoneaux, Phillip Painter, Cade Blount, and Michael Landry, who are all 17 or 18-years-old, stole away to the park after their long school days, and even worked weekends. It is a real honest-to-God labor of love.
They couldn't pour concrete, but the lines are all freshly painted. Brand new nets wave gently in the breeze.
"We fixed it up so we and many others could enjoy the park even more," said Jacob.