NASHVILLE – As the 2015-16 women’s college basketball season came to a close at the NCAA Division I Final Four in Indianapolis, coaches from across the nation came together to help local citizens for the second year in a row.
25 coaches, representing 10 conferences, served at Stopover Inc.’s Transitional Living Program, a program designed to aid young people aged 16 to 22 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
"To see 25 coaches come together from all over the country to bless others is an amazing feeling,” Lipscomb women’s basketball assistant coach Courtney Locke said.
Locke oversaw the organization of this project last season, and helped gathered the coaches together again this year.
The coaches performed a variety of tasks, everything from painting rooms and staining newly built decks, to organizing clothes for residents to use during interviews or their daily life.
A project of this nature provides a unique opportunity for coaches to give back to the host city during the festivities of the Final Four week. The group plans on coming together again next spring in Dallas.
“This is the second year we have served at the Final Four, and we had 8 returnees. We are excited to continue to serve and can't wait to see what God has for us in Dallas next year."
The following coaches took part in this year’s project: Chelsea Newton – Georgia, Octavia Blue – Miami, Nick Grant, Ciara Carl, and Chris Straker – San Diego State, Sylvia Crawley – North Carolina, Sharon Versyp and Nadine Morgan – Purdue, Jocelyn Wyatt – Penn State, Jauwan Scaife and James Arnold – SEMO, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke – USC, Tari Cummings – Arkansas, Jen Brown- Virginia Tech, Calamity McEntire – Arizona, Jon Silver – Vermont, Tony Perotti – LSU, Aqua Franklin – Kansas, Maryann Baker – Mississippi State, Dustyn Yung – Bradley, and Angel Gray – Atlanta Dream Sideline Reporter.