Stars from Kingsport's former Douglass High School men's and women's basketball teams from years ago will be saluted by the Dobyns-Bennett men's and women's basketball teams during a tribute at the D-B Buck Van Huss Dome.
Douglass was Kingsport's African-American school that closed for desegregation in 1966.
The tribute by Dobyns-Bennett will come during the men's varsity game with Jefferson County and begins right after the women's Jefferson County game, which starts at 4:30 p.m.
DOUGLASS RECEPTION AT 4:30 PM
Douglass players, their families and alumni of the Sons and Daughters of Douglass are invited to a reception in their honor at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. When they arrive at the D-B gym's main entrance, they'll be escorted to the reception, then to their seats in the Buck Van Huss Dome for the program. The reception area will be open until 6:30 p.m.
The tribute program begins when the women's game concludes and before the men's game begins — at approximately 5:30 p.m. The program includes a salute to some of Douglass' award-winning basketball teams from the 1940s, 50s and 60s, a history of Douglass High School, the Douglass School song and a special presentation to Dobyns-Bennett High School by the Sons and Daughters of Douglass Alumni Association.
At halftime of the men's game, there will be a special surprise for all of the Douglass men's and women's players at the tribute. Kingsport Mayor Pat Shull will also have a presentation to make to the Douglass alumni.
In honor of the former Douglass players, both the Dobyns-Bennett men's team and the women's team will wear uniforms in the gold and blue colors of Douglass High School.
Whether you are fans of D-B or fans of the former Douglass School, everybody is invited to see one great basketball tradition salute another.
The Dobyns-Bennett tribute to the former Douglass basketball teams is an official kickoff to the celebration of Black History Month 2020 in Kingsport and the Tri-Cities.