Men’s basketball team having fun at the fire station


NATCHITOCHES — Resuming a basketball program can feel like putting out fires, but Northwestern State basketball staff spent time with real firefighters Tuesday night.

New NSU head coach Corey Gipson aims to connect with the community, and Demon’s coaching staff spent time with the Natchitoches Fire Department on their grounds behind the Central Fire Station on Second Street.

“Playing basketball with these guys was awesome, and we really wanted to give back to the firefighters for what they do for our community, for putting their lives on the line every day,” Gipson said. “They were very hospitable to us and they blessed us more than we blessed them.

“These guys were in good shape – we can sign them up to be demons.”

New coaches Rodney Hamilton, Tony Holiday and Neighborhood Tim suitable alongside graduate assistants Travis Allen, KC Henry, Joey Heimel and student manager Kellen Haymon to play ball with local firefighters.

Gipson said he and his staff had already stopped by the department to meet with members of the community, which precipitated the set-up of the fire department field pickup game.

“It’s just a way to show our appreciation for what they do for the community,” Gipson said. “We want to connect with all kinds of community groups in this way.”

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