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LeMoyne-Owen adds Latino Heritage salute to Midnight Madness

Hundreds of basketball fans are expected to arrive at Bruce-Johnson Hall on the campus of LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC) for Midnight Madness on Saturday (Oct. 15).

Midnight Madness traditionally marks the first official practice for LOC’s men’s and women’s basketball teams and allows fans to meet and engage with the players. The doors of Bruce-Johnson Hall will open at 10 p.m. on Friday, October 14.

This year, Latino Heritage Month has been added to the festivities.

The lineup calls for popular music by DJ Bori, Latino food, giveaways, and special recognition of LOC’s Latino athletes, as well as performances by the Magician Cheer squad, team introductions, 3-point shootouts, scrimmages, and a live performance by Memphis rapper Fresco Trey.

LOC Athletic Director William Anderson (Photo: Gary S. Whitlow/GSW Enterprises/The New Tri-State Defender)

“LeMoyne-Owen is a historically black college, but we are open to students of all races,” said LOC Athletic Director William Anderson.

“Our Latino student population has slowly increased over the years. This is one of our most popular events and we want to acknowledge our Latino students’ presence and let them know that we’re glad they are here.”

Basketball is an integral part of the LOC experience. This is the 10th year at LOC for women’s basketball head coach Antony Partee and the second for the men’s basketball coach, former NBA standout Bonzi Wells.

During the 2021-22 season, Partee and the Lady Magicians finished 14-14, with Wells’ men’s team rounding out the season at 17-12.

Coach Bonzi Wells: (Photo: Gary S. Whitlow/GSW Enterprises/The New Tri-State Defender Archives)

Both teams, the students, and the fans enjoy kicking off the season with Midnight Madness.

“We have a great group of young men and women, and we’re excited to start this journey together,” said Wells. “The public is encouraged to join us for the Midnight Madness fun.”

Midnight Madness is free and open to the public.

(For more information, contact the LOC Athletic Office at 901-435-1236. Visit https://bit.ly/3ECIH2V.)


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