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Tribute to the Douglass High School basketball players planned for Saturday

CALVIN SNEED • Jan 28, 2020 at 7:30 PM

KINGSPORT — The stars will be shining this coming Saturday.

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.

SCHOOL SPIRIT

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.

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