Reserve boy speaks to Miles at LSU unveiling

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 3, 2008


Sports Editor

When 11-year-old Reserve native Joseph “Jo-Jo” Oubre woke up last Wednesday at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, he was expecting be medically cleared to return to his home. Instead, he learned his stay would be extended for one more day.

Oubre really didn’t mind.

That’s because Oubre, whose stay at the hospital was due to a torn ACL in his knee, was chosen as one of only five children regionally that would be given the opportunity to speak with LSU Coach Les Miles, as LSU held an event to unveil its 2008 National Championship commemrative paintings.

Five children from different areas of the state received a commemorative doubloon created by artist Michael Hunt, who also painted the portraits. The doubloon is one of only ten created.

“It was a great experience,” Oubre said.

“He never thought that when he went to the hospital, he would have had this kind of opportunity,” said Yvette Oubre, Joseph’s mother.

Two different versions of the framed paintings were released – 5000 of one, and 750 of another, which was autographed by members of the team. Two were given to each hospital.

Oubre tore his ACL after tripping and falling in his yard at home. Last Tuesday night, he had successful surgery on his knee, and will be recovering for the next three months.

But his work at the hospital wasn’t quite done.

“We were shocked that they came,” said Yvette Oubre. “They came in the room and asked us if (Jo-Jo) would be willing to stay an extra day to participate.

“He got up and walked that morning, for sure.”

 “It sounded cool,” said her son.

Oubre was able to speak with Miles via speakerphone, and was able to choose a question to ask of him. Oubre asked, “Is the glass (BCS Title) football heavy, and do you get to keep it at your house?”

Miles replied that the football isn’t heavy in weight, but in sentimental value to Miles, as it came from his players. He explained to Oubre that the football stays not at his own house, but a museum.

One that young “Jo-Jo” may once day visit, undoubtedly a Tiger fan for life.