Daily Sports Smile: New Orleans Pelicans help renovate homes impacted by Hurricane Ida

Oct. 26: Pelicans mascot Pierre pumps up the fans before playing the Nets.
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The New Orleans Pelicans were active in the community this week. The Pelicans partnered with the NBA, Kaiser Permanente and local organization Rebuilding Together to renovate three homes and a basketball court at Livingston Collegiate Academy.

Several members of the Pelicans organization were in attendance. Pelicans head coach Willie Green was joined by players Herbert Jones and Garrett Temple among others. Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo was also present at the event.

The Pelicans met with the families and pitched in on the renovations. Rebuilding Together orchestrated different aspects of the repairs. The homes received new roof shingles and updated interior fixtures.

The team also helped refurbish Livingston’s outdoor basketball court with new features. Mutombo later spent time speaking with several students.

Rebuilding Together has made a big impact with their Hurricane Ida relief. The organization aims to prove immediate relief and long-term recovery for families in the area. The Pelicans played a role in assisting with those efforts.

This season, the Pelicans are 10-21 as they rebuild under Green. The team has won two consecutive games including a thrilling 116-112 victory over the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks.