Activity center

Charles Hayward Activity Center reopens in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) – After undergoing extensive renovations, the Charles Hayward Activity Center is once again open to the public in Alexandria.

The center is named after former Peabody basketball player, Charles Hayward III. Hayward became the highest-rated recruit at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte before being diagnosed with leukemia. Hayward died in 1999 after his two-year battle with illness.

“Charles man, in addition to being my big brother, he was an inspiration like everyone else in Alexandria,” Hayward’s brother said. “You see the turnout and right now we need more.”

The center is equipped with a full size basketball court, a football/soccer field and a stage. A new training and event room will be available for hire.

The housing authority aims to provide affordable accommodation, but with facilities like this they say they can help children make better decisions.

“We want to connect with the right partners in central Louisiana, and we can work to build the holistic person, whether through educational, recreational, or spiritual events. We want to connect with our residents as well as with the community,” said Stephan Fontenot, Director of the Alexandria Housing Authority.

The center is located at 2586 Loblolly Lane in Alexandria.

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