A local family has donated $20,000 to Nicholls Athletics as part of the Boucvalt Family Athletic Complex Naming Rights Campaign.
Nicholls supporters Henry and Kim Lafont donated the money, which will lead to the university naming the linebacker coach's office the Henry and Kimberly Lafont Linebacker Coach's Office. The official name change is pending approval from the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.
“Nicholls has always been important to us, and, more importantly, our area itself,” Henry said. “I have said many times that Nicholls gave me and countless other students in this area a unique opportunity to get a great education at an unbelievable cost. I truly believe that I would not be an attorney today without Nicholls State University. We have always felt that athletics and academics go hand-in-hand for a true university experience. That is why we try to support so many different areas on this campus. We would like to encourage more people, especially alumni, to contribute to their university. It is the best way to keep our university moving forward.”
Henry is a Nicholls graduate in 1976. He's an attorney, Lafourche Parish School Board member and former Nicholls instructor. Kim is the CEO of Nu-Lite Electrical Wholesalers. They have been avid supporters of Nicholls over the years and are always involved at university fundraising events. They created a scholarship of 1st generation students from South Lafourche and were named the top donors during the Give-N-Day and celebrated their wedding anniversary in 2018 with a trip with the Nicholls Foundation to France. Kim was named an Honorary Alum by the Nicholls Alumni Federation in 2016.
The naming campaign for the Boucvalt Family Athletic Complex started in 2020. The campaign is raising money to provide for current and future needs within Nicholls Athletics.
The goal of the campaign is to name all areas of the new facility, which opened last year in an effort to raise funds. This will also allow Nicholls Athletics to invest a portion into an endowment and use the other funds for upkeep and maintenance within the department.
“Support from the community is integral, not only to the success of Nicholls Athletics but also to creating a first-class experience for our student-athletes,” said Hillary Charpentier, director of the Colonel Athletic Association. “Seeing support from donors like the Lafonts, who support not only athletics but multiple entities across campus lets you know what a truly special place Nicholls is.”