Tailgate party set before basketball home game

Sophomore guard Tim Coleman (center) is among the standout players on the Lee College Basketball Team, which will face off Saturday, Nov. 7, against Houston Community College-Southwest in the second home game of the 2015-16 season. Rebel Nation, formerly known as Former-LEE, is sponsoring a free tailgate party to be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. before the Runnin’ Rebels hit the court. The tailgate is free and open to the community.
Sophomore guard Tim Coleman (center) is among the standout players on the Lee College Basketball Team, which will face off Saturday, Nov. 7, against Houston Community College-Southwest in the second home game of the 2015-16 season. Rebel Nation, formerly known as Former-LEE, is sponsoring a free tailgate party to be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. before the Runnin’ Rebels hit the court. The tailgate is free and open to the community.

BAYTOWN, TX – The Lee College Basketball Team has devoted itself to community service in the past year, visiting with elementary school students around the city of Baytown. Now, the Runnin’ Rebels are inviting the community to return the love this Saturday, Nov. 7, at the free Red Zone Tailgate Party before their home game against Houston Community College – Southwest.

The tailgate party will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m., in the Friends of Lee College Mall area behind the Sports Arena, with a rain location in the auxiliary gym. Rebel Nation, formerly known as the Former-LEE alumni association, is sponsoring the event as an ideal afternoon for the entire family. Those who attend will also receive free admission to the basketball game at 6 p.m.

Tailgate partiers will enjoy free food and drinks, and face-painting for the kids. Local high-school athletes will participate in a 3-point shootout contest, and Runnin’ Rebels fans will have the chance to get autographs from their favorite players before they hit the court.

The Lee College Basketball Team has a long history as a breeding ground for top talent from around the United States and even abroad. Under the leadership of head coach Roy Champagne for the last 23 years, more than 100 Runnin’ Rebels have moved on to play at the NCAA level in programs at universities like Baylor and Virginia Tech. Some of the former Runnin’ Rebels have also built professional basketball careers overseas.

Standouts from the 2015-16 squad include sophomore guard Tim Coleman, sophomore shooting guard Branden Jenkins and sophomore forward Duop Reath. All three players rank in the Top 12 Junior College prospects in the country and are being recruited by the Power Six conferences of NCAA men’s basketball.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite center in nearby Liberty, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 13 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.