BANNER ELK, N.C. ---The Lees-McRae College men's basketball team got out in the community in a big way this past weekend, volunteering with a skills clinic at Watauga High School in nearby Boone, N.C. on Saturday afternoon.
First-year head coach Steve Hardin, along with assistant coaches JT Blair and Marcus Wilmoth, took the whole team with them to the clinic, which proved to be a huge success. The Bobcats first worked with the third and fourth grade group in the morning session, before moving to the fifth and sixth graders in the afternoon.
"It was great to get out in the community with our guys," said Hardin. "We had a good time working with the kids and parents, and we are definitely looking forward to doing it again soon."
The event, sponsored by Watauga County Parks and Recreation, was a hit with a large crowd of all ages and skill levels from the surrounding area. The Bobcat women's team will be volunteering at a similar event in the near future, joining both the men's and women's programs from Appalachian State University in this great community engagement activity.
Lees-McRae is set to open its 2012-2013 regular season schedule on Saturday, as the Bobcats host Johnson C. Smith University in their season and home opener at 2 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.