City and county show basketball team their appreciation
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (April 2, 2014) – The Golden Tigers men’s basketball team was recognized by the City of Tuskegee and the Macon County Commission during a community celebration. Tuesday, fresh from their historic appearance in the NCAA Division II Elite 8 National finals, the team and coaches were treated to a cookout in the town square. Fans, the Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Pipers, and community officials gathered to greet the team and celebrate their accomplishments.
Louis Maxwell, chairman of the
Macon County Commission.
TU player autographs picture.
In addition to being the first Golden Tigers basketball team to make it to the Elite 8, Tuskegee appeared in its fourth NCAA playoff, ended the season with a 21-12 overall record, a SIAC West Division championship, a SIAC Tournament championship, and won a NCAA South Regional Championship.
Louis Maxwell, chairman of the Macon County Commission, said the event was a way to show the team the community’s appreciation and reinforce the relationship between the university and the county. He also said that the team and their successes helped to bring more attention to the community and aided the economy as well.
“What they did to shape the history of Tuskegee University, it parallels the history of this community. Maxwell said.
Although the Golden Tigers lost 106-87 to the Metropolitan State University Roadrunners in the first round of the Elite 8, City of Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford said the team is the community’s champion.
“We are proud of these young men. This is a great thing,” said City of Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford. “They are our team.”
Ford declared that day as Golden Tigers Basketball Day and named the players honorary ambassadors of Macon County. Maxwell also presented the players and coaches with Macon County lapel pins. Later, the players and coaches signed autographed pictures for the crowd.
TU drumline performs on city square.
Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford speaks at TU basketball team recognition.
TU band cymbals section performs.
“It really makes you feel good to be appreciated by your own people,” said Golden Tigers basketball coach, Leon Douglas.
TU championship basketball team poses with Tuskegee city leaders.
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