EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -Downtown Evansville is college basketball central.
With less than 24 hours until the Division II Elite Eight Tournament starts at the Ford Center.
In between practices, all of the Elite Eight teams stepped off the court to spend time around Evansville.
Whether it was playing basketball with kids or line dancing with seniors, these athletes proved they’re not just passionate about basketball,but about the community where they play.
“We’re not just you know basketball players we do other things. We have other interests. for me that really resignates being a music major it just means a lot” said Mercyhurst Forward Patrick Smith.
From line dancing to bingo.
The Elite Eight put smiles on the faces of many at SWIRCA.
While some found today a good stress reliever.
“It’s a breath of fresh air I havent thought of the game once in this hour” said Smith
Tuesday was more personal for others.
“When I was younger all I wanted to do was play basketball. and I didn’t have community events like this to go to so having this is pretty big for our next generation” said USI guard Kobe Caldwell.
It was a day filled with giving back.
Now, it’s time to get their heads back in the game.
“It’s gonna be a lot of fun it’s been a long time coming for these fans and we are going to try and give these seniors a good farewell” said Caldwell.