NASHVILLE --- With the season right around the corner, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team took a break from practice and preparation to help the community. The Tigers spent Monday night at the American Cancer Society Memorial Foundation Hope Lodge in Nashville, serving dinner to residents affected by cancer.
After serving dinner, the team was able to spend time visiting with the residents of the Hope Lodge.
“It was a good experience,” TSU junior guard Darreon Reddick said. “It’s always good to give back to the community. It’s great that we were able to make some people smile and help out any way we can.”
Since 2004, the American Cancer Society's Memorial Foundation Hope Lodge in Nashville has offered a solution to cancer patients who must undergo treatment far from home. The Hope Lodge provides housing free of charge on a first-come, first served basis to cancer patients and a caregiver during their course of treatment. The Lodge not only reduces the financial burden, but also provides a much needed supportive environment.
“The reason we bring the groups in is for the time they are here, our residents get to forget why they are here and what they’re going through,” said Kristina Bonham, Assistant Director of the Hope Lodge. “Seeing the faces and the smiles and the laughter, it just lights up the Lodge. Sometimes we have good days and bad days. If they can smile one time, it makes the day so much more worth it. The players I think will get a lot out of it too just because they’re going to go home and talk about it. They’re going to tell their brothers and sisters and friends what they did and maybe they will want to come back again because it means so much to the patients.”
The Tennessee State men’s basketball team kicks off the season with a home exhibition game at the Gentry Center versus Fisk on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. The Tigers officially open the season on Nov. 11 against UC Davis as part of the Cable Car Classic in Santa Clara, Calif.