Dobyns-Bennett High School Inaugural Douglass Commemorative Basketball Games

WHAT: Dobyns-Bennett High School Inaugural Douglass Commemorative Basketball Games
WHEN: Saturday, February 1, 2020 
at 4:30 p.m. (Girls' Game) and 6 p.m. (Boys' Game)
WHERE: Dobyns-Bennett High School - Buck Van Huss Dome, 1 Tribe Way, Kingsport, TN 37664
SPECIAL NOTE: Free admission to games
 
On Saturday, February 1, 2020, the Kingsport community and all former Douglass High School men and women basketball players, families, and alumni are asked to be present at Dobyns-Bennett High School - Buck Van Huss Dome at 4:30 p.m. for the Dobyns-Bennett vs. Jefferson County High School Girls' varsity home game and the 6 p.m. Boys' varsity home game. Former Douglass Tigers and Tigerettes will be recognized and honored between the games as well as the Boys' varsity halftime, for a first of its kind halftime tribute. 
 
"Dobyns-Bennett High School has many accomplishments worthy of celebrating and those successes are intertwined with those of Douglass High School," said Dobyns-Bennett Boys' Head Basketball Coach Chris Poore. "As a program we are excited to participate in the inaugural Douglass Commemorative basketball games. We look forward to celebrating with former players and community members as we strive to highlight both the history and success of both programs and those that paved the way."

It is commonplace for schools to highlight their history and acknowledge alumni through banquets, homecomings, and other forms of celebrations. Since desegregation and the closing of Douglass High School, there have been few formal opportunities to recognize and celebrate Douglass High School and its students. The two basketball games are one way to celebrate the success of Douglass High School and highlight some of the alumni that made their mark in history. Several current Dobyns-Bennett basketball players are descendants of former Douglass High players.  

"After researching, meeting, and discussing the history with several former students of Douglass, it was clear that there are stories that need to be shared, not just with our team but with our entire community," said Poore. "I have heard countless, remarkable stories of the teachers, coaches, and players of Douglass that were and still are honorable community members that continue to impact our great city. Our players have learned so much through meeting with the former players and hearing their stories. As I listened to the questions our players asked them, it occurred to me how far we have progressed as a culture and how blessed we are to live in a time period that has overcome several of the barriers that once divided us, much in thanks to those who were sharing their experiences."  
 
Both Dobyns-Bennett Boys' and Girls' basketball teams will wear replica blue and gold uniforms to honor the former Douglass players.
 
All are encouraged to join these special tribute games. Admission to the games will be free.
 
Contact Doug Releford at (423) 288.6040 or Calvin Sneed at (423) 847.5139 for more information. 

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a high school program of choice and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,700 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to Inspire. Cultivate. Impact.

For more information on KCS, visit k12k.com, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FM, The Voice of KCS, read our blog, We Are KCS, download our mobile app for Apple / Android devices or call (423) 378.2100. We’re social too; follow us on Facebook (Kingsport City Schools), Twitter (@KCS_District), Instagram (@kcs_district), LinkedIn (Kingsport City Schools) and check out our YouTube Channel (KPTSchools).  

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