Central-Reitz boys basketball game set to honor Deputy Hicks

Central-Reitz boys basketball game set to honor Deputy Hicks
Published: Jan. 27, 2022 at 8:44 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Reitz High School is set to hold a fundraiser in support of Posey County Deputy Bryan Hicks during the boy’s basketball game against Central on Friday night.

Deputy Hicks, a Reitz High School graduate, returned home last week after being shot in the line of duty over four months ago.

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Bryan’s father, Keith Hicks, is a sales rep for BSN Sports, which provides uniforms and equipment for both Central and Reitz. BSN Sports made special uniforms for both teams to wear Friday night.

The jerseys and “Hicks Strong” t-shirts will be sold and all proceeds will go to the Hicks family. Plus, anyone who wears the t-shirt will get free admission into the game.

14 Sports talked to members of the Central program, who say they are honored to be included in a game bigger than basketball.

“He does a lot for Reitz’s program - he helps out a lot,” Central junior forward Brady Cato said. “Feels good the game’s bigger than basketball tomorrow. It’s bigger than win or lose, it’s for them.”

“I think it’s great just to honor them, honor their family, have fun out there while doing it too,” Central junior guard Boston Steers said.

“To see that both sides can come together and support something that’s bigger than basketball,” Central junior guard Blake Herdes said. “I love to see it.”

The Reitz team said they are thrilled to have the chance to give back to a family who means so much to the program.

“Wonderful family, Great that we can do something in his honor,” Reitz head coach Michael Adams said. “Just great to recognize what they’ve been through and just a lot of love and support.”

“I mean once we saw them, they’re pretty cool, we already talked to coach about how to get them in the mix for future games because we think they’re cool, and we’re not going to let them go,” Reitz senior forward Gavin Schippert said. “All the players are going to buy them because we just think it’s a cool opportunity and we want to give our money to a good cause.”

“Obviously, we love this game, we put a lot of time and energy into this game, but at the end of the day it’s a silly game,” Adams said. “And there’s so many things in life that are just so much more important.”

Friday’s tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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