For the first time in a little over a decade, there will not be a Westside Bulldogs team that will take the field to compete.
Because of a lack of participation, the West Baton Rouge parks and recreation department made the announcement earlier this week that the Bulldogs would not have enough numbers to field a team in any of the four age groups.
As a result, there will not be any cheer teams as well.
The kids who signed up with the Bulldogs will have the opportunity to join the Brusly Panther team or the parents were given the option to receive a refund.
Bulldogs’ co-founder, Pierre Washington, said he is shocked at what has happened.
“I wish I knew why the community didn’t come out this year,” he said. “It’s disappointing for the kids. It’s unfortunate that Port Allen won’t have a team this year.”
Washington said some of the kids will be playing for Brusly or other nearby places, but some parents felt that if there isn’t a team in Port Allen, then their child wouldn’t be playing anywhere.
“I hope that it’s just a down year,” Washington said. “I’m still in shock. Our whole organization was hurt and shocked.”
Washington said 25 kids registered to play through all four age groups. He said the organization would have needed another 60-80 kids to have a team in each age group.
“I want to thank parks and recreation and the city of Port Allen,” Washington said. “They (city of Port Allen) were going to provide funding for us. I’m sorry that we’re not able to field a team this year because those kids worked hard, but we’ll be back.”