Mens basketball to hold Military and Medical Appreciation Day
Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 00:02
Marshall University Men’s Basketball team will host the Medical and Military Appreciation game Wednesday at the Cam Henderson Center. The game will be a way for the team to give back to those who help the community.
Adam Simmons, assistant basketball coach, said he thinks there is a decent sized crowd anytime Marshall plays at home but the event will bring in more than the usual loyal fan base.
“I think anytime you have any appreciation night, our guys take into consideration all they do for our university, for our state and our country,” Simmons said. “They think very highly of these people.”
The team is appreciative of loyal fans and medical and military personnel, Simmons said.
“Just like some people think of our guys as role models, on and off the court, I know a lot of our guys actually look up to these medical and military personnel,” Simmons said. “They see how the things they do on a daily basis impact so many people.”
Wednesday’s game will be against Rice University and tip off is at 7 p.m.
The Herd is up for a challenge against Rice as senior guard Tamir Jackson averages 16 points, six rebounds, 2 assists and over a steal per game.
“Although the Herd has struggled on the road, they have really enjoyed the boost of playing at home and seem to be leaning on the Marshall Maniacs to keep their spirits up,” Cory Booker marketing and promotions assistant, said. “This keeps the opposition from gaining any momentum while in the Henderson Center.”
The game is another way for the Herd to give back to the community, Booker said.
“Everything Marshall does in terms of athletic events, for free or at discounted prices, is just to tell the community we haven’t forgotten about them and we know that they are the backbone of everything we do,” Booker said. “These discounted tickets and promotions are our way of thanking the community for all they do for us.”
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