The Doane College men’s basketball team hit the road from August 30-September 3 and will visit and play basketball in all 93 counties in the state of Nebraska. The goal for head coach Jim Weeks was to do something unique, promote the Doane basketball program and create a fun team building experience for the players.
AUDIO Coach Jim Weeks talks about how the team is pulling off this rare feat. (6:00)
Beginning after classes on August 30, the Tiger players and coaches will load into four vans to begin their tour. Two vans will head east with the other two going towards the southeast part of the state. Coach Jim Weeks said that the plan is to arrive in a selected town in each county and play a seven-minute game between the two vans that are comprised of an orange squad and a black squad. The games will be played at local schools.
If my math is correct, each of the four teams will play the equivalent of eight basketball games in five days.
Ways for communities to help in the endeavor would be to provide meals, snacks, drinks or even a place to sleep. Anyone interested in helping can contact Coach Beranek by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). The squads hope to grill out each night while having cold cuts, fruit, chips/granola for lunch and fruit, yogurt and doughnuts for breakfast.