The ISU men’s basketball team’s regular season does not begin for about four months, but the squad has been busy on-campus since the 2013-14 school year ended in May with summer workouts and classes.
In addition to partaking in two activities that embody ISU men’s basketball student athletes by putting in work on the court in summer workouts and in the classroom, the squad recently participated in a community service activity away from the confines of Redbird Arena.
The ISU men’s basketball team took its talents off-campus by volunteering at the KinderCare Learning Center in Bloomington. The foursome of junior guard DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell, senior guard Daishon Knight, sophomore center Reggie Lynch and manager John Putyrski spent about an hour with 25 kids at KinderCare.
“It was fun to spend time with the children at KinderCare,” Lynch said. “We played basketball with the kids and showed them some of the drills we do in practice. The kids loved it and asked a lot of questions.”
The ISU men’s basketball team opens its schedule of games with an exhibition contest against Lewis on Nov. 10 at 7:05 p.m. at Redbird Arena followed by its home regular season opener against Utah State on Nov. 16 at 2:05 p.m. But before then, the squad plans to take part in other volunteer activities in the Bloomington-Normal area, in addition to perfecting its craft on the court and in the classroom.