Frank O. Hunter stadium named after Wardell Ballentine

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - A celebration of life happened at the Frank O. Hunter Park Saturday morning, along with history being made.


The city of Alexandria honored Coach Wardell Ballentine.

Ballentine, a Southern University graduate coached at several schools in Rapides Parish including Lincoln Road Elementary, Alexandria Junior High school, and Jones Street Junior High school.

He retired from the Rapides parish school system after 38 years of dedicated service.

Ballentine was loved and respected by many, that's why the City of Alexandria decided to name the Frank O. Hunter stadium after him, something his oldest daughter said he deserves.

"My father taught us that the most important thing that you can do is to give yourself and your time to people in the community,” Ballentine’s daughter expressed. “That you have a big heart, that you bring people together, and everybody is the same, it doesn't matter where you come from, daddy believed that we're all one."

Along with his membership in Kappa Alpha Psi, Ballentine was also on several local boards and was a fan and supporter of Southern University football.

As a result of his dedication, in 2008, Southern University developed and dedicated the RV park, known as Ballentine Plaza.

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