SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldog basketball team continues to make an impact on the Sikeston community.
Citizens of Sikeston are cooperating to throw a Community Appreciation Day and host a basketball tournament at Roberta Rowe Park in Sikeston to commemorate and honor the members of the Sikeston Bulldogs and their recent accomplishments.
The Sikeston Bulldogs are one of the few basketball teams who went undefeated throughout the season on their way to their first ever state basketball championship in Class 4.
One former resident and graduate of Sikeston High School, Regina Turner who is one of the coordinators of the event, remembers the massive school spirit shown towards all sports when she attended Sikeston.
She feels this would be a good way to show their appreciation and also shed a positive light at Rowe Park -- a place where many of the Bulldogs once played or still play.
"We want to bring more positive things to that area," Turner said. "A lot of those players fathers, uncles or whoever had those boys down there playing basketball with them. We don't want it to be thought of for drugs and other things.
"Those boys are role models for the younger kids around. They are good kids and we are proud of them."
The dedication will begin on Saturday, April 30 and continue Sunday, May 1.
Saturday will begin with a parade starting at West End Church at 10 a.m. A five-on-five basketball tournament will follow at 2 p.m. at Rowe Park. Participants that can enter will consist of ninth graders to adults.
Following the tournament, there will be a celebration for the entire state championship basketball team at the Manhattan Room starting at 8:30 p.m. Admission will be $2 before 10 p.m. and $5 after. Members of the Bulldogs will get in free.
Continuing into Sunday, there will also be a car show and a youth basketball tournament for ages 15 and under.
For any further information, suggestions, donations or participants wanting to be a part of the basketball tournaments, contact Regina Turner at 931-3262 or Berneice Williams at 472-1174.