Basketball season is officially here. Get your first look at the Defiance College men’s basketball team this year and at the same time show your support for the Defiance community. The Yellow Jackets have partnered with the Defiance County United Way to increase awareness and support of the pioneer organization’s mission to Live United by joining forces in staging the season opening intrasquad scrimmage.
The men’s basketball team will be hosting a Purple & Gold Scrimmage on Saturday, November 1, at 3:00. Held at the Karl H. Weaner Center on DC’s campus, free will donations will be accepted at the door that will benefit the United Way’s 2008-2009 campaign. Through 32 partner agencies, the United Way provides support that either maintains or completely funds 42 programs that directly meet the needs of our local community. Beneficiaries of the United Way include Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scouts, the Defiance American Red Cross, among many others.
The Yellow Jackets welcome you to check out this preview of the upcoming basketball season while generating proceeds for the United Way. Fans will be invited to participate in a half court shot contest and will be treated to a slam dunk competition among members of the team during half time.
This DC season promises to be an exciting one as the defending Heartland College Athletic Conference regular season champions have added some new talent to their existing pool. Six freshmen join a veteran team that includes 11 returning players coming off a successful 19-8 season in 2007-2008. The team is anchored by All-American Anthony Pettaway, last season’s HCAC Player of the Year. The Yellow Jackets boast plenty of local talent with returning players Anthony Jackson (Ayersville High School), Heath Armstrong (Gorham Fayette High School), and Kasey Bodenbender (Liberty Center High School), as well as newcomers Kyle and Kevin Tietje (Patrick Henry High School). The men’s basketball team will be entering their first year under new Head Coach Kyle Brumett.
Brumett contends that with a mantra of “Think of We Before Me”, making the decision to invite the United Way as the recipient of the team’s support was an obvious choice. “As a basketball coach, I have built a career on the concept of teamwork, and joining forces with the Defiance County United Way reinforces the fact that when we combine our talents and energy we can achieve great things for ourselves and our community.”
For more information about the scrimmage or to read about the Yellow Jackets, visit www.defianceathletics.com.
October 28, 2008