Fisher High School’s Field of Dreams

If you build it, they will come. And that is what the Bourgeois family did for the Lady Gators softball team at Fisher High School.

At the recent dedication of the field, Lafitte Mayor Timothy Kerner gave a passionate speech about Joe Bourgeois and his family.

“I know what this family has been through,” he said. “The Bourgeois family is very close and instead of going on with their lives holding in their pain and suffering, they choose to help the community including raising the funds for the new girls softball field.”

Joe lost his life in a motorcycle accident 19 years ago.

Joe’s parents, Diana “Tuttie” and Sidney Bourgeois, said that since their son attended Fisher and many of his friends have children who play ball for the school, they wanted to build this field “for the kids.”

In an emotional presentation, current Lady Gator Layla Matherne thanked the Bourgeois family for everything that they do for the school.

“I’ve been a member of the team since middle school and I am speaking for all of my teammates, coaches and parents when I say that we are very thankful and honored to have the opportunity to play our favorite game on a field that we can finally call our own,” she said.

“Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Bourgeois for our field of dreams.”

Kerner summed up the feelings of the day.

“Little Joe is smiling down at us today, and he’s very proud.”