Louisiana educator, referee lives for two jobs

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By Corey Vaughn

The Daily Iberian

ST. MARTINVILLE, La. — After 40 years dedicated to education and officiating high school and junior high basketball games, Walter Pickney has a simple answer for why he does what he does.

“It’s for the kids. When I was young I saw a lot of kids in bad shape and I wanted to help out,” Pickney said.

Pickney has refereed games throughout Acadiana with that philosophy. The 67-year-old educator started teaching soon after he earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1970 from Southern University.

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