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Carver's field of dreams brings hope to Ninth Ward community

Before Katrina, Carver High was a powerhouse. Its new field of dreams brings hope to the Ninth Ward. Story

Updated: December 23, 2008, 6:32 PM ET
By Anna Katherine Clemmons | Special to Page 2

Carver High School athletic director Brian Bordainick sat in the Rue de la Course coffee shop in downtown New Orleans at 6 a.m., six days before Christmas. The lanky, 23-year-old New York native was hunched over his computer, headphones on, trying to respond to the hundreds of e-mails he'd received in the past 24 hours, when an older man walked up to him.

Without a hello, the man slapped a $20 bill onto the table. "I really believe in what you're doing," the man said. "Get this done." Then ...

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