Hornets in the Community
“Going Above and Beyond”
Lynchburg Women’s Basketball in the Community
An Evening to Help the Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Organization-“The Dance”
Early is September the women’s basketball team enjoyed a night of community service for an older crowd, sponsored by Lynchburg Parks and Recreation. More specifically, the event was a 50 year old plus ballroom dance. The theme was Route 66 and the women’s basketball team was there to help set up, attend, and clean up the event.
The women’s basketball team took it upon themselves to dust of their dancing shoes and have a little fun while dancing amongst the crowd. Some dancing favorites included the Electric Slide, Charleston, and the ever so popular Cupid Shuffle.
LC Lends Helping Hand at Sandusky Elementary School
On Saturday October 20, 2012 members of the Lynchburg College Men's and Women's Basketball team volunteered their time to help run a field day festival for children of the community at Sandusky Elementary School. The men's team volunteered for the morning hours from 10-12, while the women's team arrived at noon and stayed to finish out the day at 2 pm.
The festival had an array of activities for the children including a dunking booth, pony rides, a petting zoo, moon bounces, face painting, snacks, and a variety of other games.
It was a warm, clear fall day in Lynchburg filled with smiles and laughter from both children and players alike. The student-athletes aided in lifting children onto ponies and then walking them around the lower field. Additionally they took tickets and provided directions at the dunking booth, football toss, baseball throw, bowling station, and candy picking tree. Several members also made snow cones and popcorn for the children. The experience was extremely enjoyable for all those involved and overall a great day spent in the fresh air.
Black Out Game
On Tuesday February 4, 2013 the Lynchburg College Women's Basketball team hosted Roanoke College for their annual "Black Out" game in Turner Gymnasium. During the game two different 12 and under recreation teams and there families were in the stands to support the Hornets. At halftime of the game the two teams scrimmaged in front of the crowd and then in the second half continued to support the Hornets as they beat Roanoke. Following the game members of the Lynchburg College Women's Basketball team signed autographs for the players of the recreation teams. Both the recreation players and college student-athletes enjoyed spending time getting to know one another. The Lynchburg College Women's Basketball team was excited for the opportunity to give back to the community.
Turner gymnasium was stormed by crowds of students, faculty, staff, and alumni on Friday night October 19, 2012. The doors opened at 10 p.m. to long lines of excited fans waiting in anticipation to see the 2012-2013 Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams as well as celebrate the successes of current fall sports. This was just the beginning of the third consecutive Midnight Madness held at Lynchburg College. Students of the Lynchburg College community who attended the event were provided with pizza and plenty of water and lemonade to drink along with a raffle ticket for prizes drawn throughout the evening. Once receiving their evening snack people hurried to find open places in the stands. The night kicked off with President Garren and his wife performing the famous Hornet Hop and continued with the celebration of the fall teams’ successes thus far. Next cheerleaders were introduced and performed an upbeat routine that got the crowd to their feet in spirit. Following the routine the lights went off as members of the 2012-2013 Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams were announced under spotlight. Once all student-athletes were announced the night continued with a 3 point shooting contest, being a fan 101 course, intermixed scrimmage (women’s and men’s teams together) and finally the highly anticipated dunk contest. The night came to an end just at midnight as everyone participated in a group wide dance of “The Electric Slide” and received t-shirts from the event. The evening proved to be very entertaining and enjoyable for all those involved in the effort to show our student-athletes support.
Fall and Spring Clinics
In the fall of 2011 and the spring of 2012 Lynchburg College women’s basketball team hosted a free clinic for the local boys and girls clubs in the Lynchburg area. The clinic was hosted on the campus of Lynchburg College in Turner Gymnasium. Each clinic attracted kids aging from 5-16 years old. The coaches and players from Lynchburg College taught the aspiring basketball players the fundamentals of the game.
We LOVE to Read! A Day in a Lynchburg City Elementary School Classroom Reading
In October the women’s basketball team joined forces with the men’s basketball team to read to students from a local elementary school in Lynchburg. Each player was assigned two classrooms to read the book "A Snowy Day" and to help with a coloring project. While in the classroom, each player had the opportunity to share their passion for reading and the value of a great education. The young students were more than interested in learning about each of the players as they bombarded them with plenty of questions to keep us entertained! It wasn't a surprise either when the young students were asking for autographs. The event was a great success. We are looking forward to seeing some new little fans in the stands!
The Lynchburg College women’s basketball program would like to thank our young spirited basketball fans that came out in the stands to support our program this year! Two special groups in particular made signs, cheered, and supported their Hornets in games against both Ferrum and Bridgewater College this season.
These fans relentlessly cheered their Hornets on with a tremendous amount of pride. After each game, our players met with our young fans to thank them for their support while participating in a small autograph session. What a great success!
Holiday Decoration Competition
During the holiday season the Lynchburg College residence life office challenged those living in campus sponsored houses to a Holiday Decoration Contest. The women’s basketball team was without a doubt up for the challenge as they undoubtedly showed their school spirit in embodying the College’s philosophy of “Going Above and Beyond.”
The women’s basketball team worked together to construct a large Hornet Santa’s sleigh. Appropriately, the sleigh was not being pulled by the traditional reindeer. Instead, eight hornets pulled the sleigh onto a 1st place finish in the competition!