Mission Grammar Boys Basketball Team Plays First Home Game at Emmanuel
December 08, 2009
The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar boys basketball team competed in its first-ever home game in Emmanuel College 's Jean Yawkey Center on December 8th. The Yawkey Center for Community Leadership is providing the gym space for practice and home games during the Mission Saints' inaugural season. The Emmanuel and Yawkey spirit was alive and well at this special inaugural event.
The Mission Saints played a competitive game cheered on by a number of members of the Emmanuel student body and Mission family and friends. Campus Activities and Student Events (CASE) made a banner and members of the Black Student Union (BSU) made individual signs with each player's name and number. Halo, the Emmanuel College Saints' mascot, made an appearance as well.
Albert Hayle '05, an eighth grade teacher at Mission Grammar, serves as the team's head coach. He says the student athletes are excited to call Emmanuel College's gym their home court and are grateful for the partnership between the two schools. The chance to practice and play in a college environment has enlightened the minds of the student athletes, showing them that college is an experience worth looking forward to.
"This partnership with Emmanuel means the world to us. It's a tremendous opportunity that we value every second we spend in the gym practicing or playing games," he said. "It's an eye-opening experience for the students, the opportunity to embrace the college environment and learn from our big sister school about commitment and giving back to the community. My players and their families are so excited everyday that they get the opportunity to visit and tour Emmanuel's beautiful campus and athletic facilities."