2018-03-10 / The Bullhorn

Alumni basketball game set for next Saturday


Roxboro Community School (RCS) will hold its annual alumni basketball game Saturday, March 17 in the Dog House.

Justin Bettendorf, RCS healthy living instructor and former high school boys basketball coach, will be in charge of this event.

The event is held “to invite our alumni back to the school, especially now that we have a gym, and give them a chance to relive the fun of playing high school basketball in front of their fellow alums and current RCS students and staff,” said Bettendorf.

This event started because Bettendorf was trying to think of a way to get graduates to stay invested and interested in the basketball program.

He also wanted to generate some money for the program.

This event began in 2012, but that year featured an array of RCS graduates and seniors who had never played basketball.

They organized a team and played the RCS 2012 varsity boys basketball team.

The following year, it became the actual “Alumni Game” with a team made up of RCS graduates.

In the following years it grew into more teams and became closer to the style we have now, which includes three alumni teams and the RCS varsity basketball team.

The first four years they played at Helena Gym because the Dog House had not yet been built.

Alumnus Khari Johnson has mixed feelings about the new gym. He graduated in 2012, so he has not yet been able to play in the new facility.

“The new gym is beautiful and I’m proud to be an alum, but at the same time I wish we had this gym when we were playing there because it would’ve made home games a lot more exciting for our team,” said Johnson.

According to Bettendorf, the event “has generated thousands of dollars for the RCS basketball program over the years and has helped to build the feeling of an RCS basketball family.”

“I think it feels good to come back and play with old friends and old teammates. It’s almost like a basketball class reunion where you get to come back and see how out of shape all your former teammates are now,” stated Johnson.

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