Gift for Herod Elementary

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School Board president Anthony Fontana (left) and United Healthcare-Gulf States CEO Joe Ochipinti a plaque as a thank you to United Healthcare. The insurance company donated $10,000 to build a basketball court with three goals at Herd Elementary. In the photo are United Health Care workers, school board members and Herod Principal Lysonia Robertson.

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Justin Vincent talks with the students at Herod Elementary about the importance of exercising.

UnitedHealthcare, former Louisiana State University (LSU) MVP Justin Vincent, public officials and community leaders gathered today to unveil a new outdoor basketball court to the students of James A. Herod Elementary School in Abbeville. The new basketball court was made possible by a $10,000 donation from UnitedHealthcare.
“Keeping kids physically healthy is vitally important, and I couldn’t ask for a better partner in this effort than UnitedHealthcare,” said Vincent, a Dreambuilders Foundation ‘captain.’ “This new outdoor basketball court donated to Herod Elementary will help the students get fit and stay healthy.”
During the event, hosted by Herod Elementary School Principal Lysonia Robertson, UnitedHealthcare-Gulf States CEO Joe Ochipinti, Vincent and other guests helped celebrate the new basketball court with an inaugural pick-up game of hoops with a group of Herod students and UnitedHealthcare mascot, Dr. Health E. Hound.
“Our students are extremely excited about this new basketball court,” said Robertson. “We greatly appreciate UnitedHealthcare’s generosity and support and know that it will go a long way in helping to foster our students’ physical and social development, which will benefit them for years to come.”
“UnitedHealthcare is honored to partner with the Dreambuilders Foundation to provide the new basketball and physical education outlet for the students,” said Ochipinti. “It is our sincere hope that this new addition to their school will help them embrace an active lifestyle, while instilling them with a sense of school pride.”

About Dreambuilders Foundation

The Dreambuilders Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with pro athletes across the country to help financially,
physically and mentally-challenged kids receive the items, opportunities and equipment they need to achieve their dreams. Founded by former NFL linebacker Akin Ayodele, Dreambuilders partners with athletes to “captain” one or more of its programs benefiting kids in the athlete’s city of choice. The foundation partners with grassroots children’s charities in each city to give them access to funding and support they would not otherwise receive. For more information visit

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at or follow @myUHC on Twitter.


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