Southern University broke ground on the Tony Clayton Championship Plaza on Tuesday, April 10.
The project was completely funded by a gift of $1.1 million by local attorney, Assistant District Attorney and Southern University alumnus Tony Clayton. The plaza will provide an ongoing opportunity for Southern University to raise money to provide football and band scholarships.
“I’d like to thank Brusly High and the people of West Baton Rouge for paving the way for me,” Clayton said. “I was taught to give back and this is my way of doing that.”
The plaza will feature bronze plaques commemorating Southern Jaguar championships and athletes, which can be purchased to promote athletes. The bronze plaques will be mounted to eight square cast stone and brick columns beneath a 50-foot diameter stucco ring.
The plaza also offers The Human Jukebox a fundraising opportunity in the form of 1,400 brick pavers.
The plaza is expected to raise another $500,000 to $1 million for the Human Jukebox and scholarships. The scholarships will be used to pay for tuition and books for athletes and band members.
“It’s what my mom taught me,” Clayton said. “She always told me to whom much is given much is required.”
Clayton has given back to the West Side community in the form of public service as an Assistant District Attorney and developer, with his latest development The Village at Huns Grove.
Fans interested in purchasing a paver are asked to contact the SU ticket office at 225-771-3171.