Lee College Lady Rebels volunteer at ‘Curt’s Kitchen’

Lee College Lady Rebels pose while volunteering at Curt's Kitchen
The Lee College Volleyball Team volunteered on the serving line and spent time this week with Mason, 5, and other children and families at Curt’s Kitchen, a ministry of Cedar Bayou Grace United Methodist Church in Baytown that provides a free weekly dinner to those in need. The Lady Rebels will begin competing in the San Jacinto College Tournament on Sept. 1, with home games set for Sept. 9 and 10 at the Lee College Sports Arena.

BAYTOWN, TX — The Lee College Volleyball Team brought their signature Lady Rebel spirit this week to the serving line and dinner tables at Curt’s Kitchen, a ministry of Cedar Bayou Grace United Methodist Church that provides a free meal every Wednesday to hundreds of the hungry in Baytown and surrounding communities.

Wearing aprons, plastic gloves and glittering visors, the student-athletes and their coaches joined church volunteers to dish up sausage, beans, buttered noodles, pie and drinks – then spent time posing for photos, signing autographs and personally inviting diners to see the team in action Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Lee College Sports Arena against the Coastal Bend College Cougars. Former-LEE, the Lee College alumni association, will host the free Redzone Tailgate Party for fans before the game.

“It’s important to give back to the community that gives us the privilege to coach and play the sport we love,” said Head Coach Tracie Johnson, noting how humbled the team felt by the warm reception they received. “What we are doing for them is so small; we gain so much more by being here. It shows the coaches and players how fortunate we are, and I think it will make all of us work even harder in appreciation of what we have.”

Nita Davis, who coordinates Curt’s Kitchen for Cedar Bayou Grace, said she enjoyed having the team serve and share time with the more than 100 people that come to eat each week at the Coat of Many Colors in Baytown, where the ministry hosts the dinner. The program operates strictly from donations and volunteer support, preparing dinners for crowds that can top 250 patrons.

As diners finished their plates and packed up free canned goods and loaves of bread to take home, the Lady Rebels cleared tables and chatted with Curt’s Kitchen children and families.

“I loved it,” said Hannah Larsen, a sophomore outside hitter and defensive specialist from Dickinson. “I met new people I wouldn’t otherwise have met, and it was special to see how appreciative they were to have us. It helps us remember how much we’re blessed.”

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 South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Basketball Team rolls up sleeves to serve those in need

Program has also donated more than 6,000 canned goods to local churches & food pantries

Basketball team spends time with children
Members of the Lee College Runnin’ Rebels Basketball Team spend time Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2016, with children at Curt’s Kitchen, a ministry of Cedar Bayou Grace United Methodist Church in Baytown that provides a free weekly dinner to people in need. The team volunteered to assist with serving the meal and also donated 600 canned goods to the ministry as part of ongoing efforts to give back to the community.

BAYTOWN, TX — Members of the Lee College Runnin’ Rebels Basketball Team recently tied on aprons and pulled on plastic gloves to help Cedar Bayou Grace United Methodist Church serve barbecue sandwiches with all the trimmings to people in need in the Baytown community.

The student-athletes also gave 600 canned goods to Curt’s Kitchen, the church ministry that feeds the hungry every Wednesday at the Coat of Many Colors in Baytown. The Runnin’ Rebels have donated 3,000 canned goods to numerous churches and local food pantries since the summer began, and more than 6,000 canned goods since the start of the 2015-16 basketball season.

“It’s important for our guys to be a part of the Baytown community,” said Head Coach Roy Champagne, who joined his players on the serving line at Curt’s Kitchen and invited the diners to attend an upcoming basketball game on campus for free. The 2016-17 basketball season begins in November.

“The Baytown community affords these players the opportunity to get scholarships and be able to attend Lee College,” Champagne said. “Our service is a small way of trying to give back.”

As some players scooped up potato salad and passed out homemade desserts, others filled up glasses of tea for the Curt’s Kitchen patrons and assisted the ministry volunteers by washing dishes and helping to clear tables. Children got high-fives from the team, asked questions and posed for photos with their favorite players.

Basketball team volunteers at Curt's Kitchen
The Lee College Runnin’ Rebels Basketball Team donned aprons and plastic gloves Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2016, as volunteers at Curt’s Kitchen, a ministry of Cedar Bayou Grace United Methodist Church in Baytown that provides a free weekly dinner to people in need. The student-athletes also donated 600 canned goods to help keep the ministry’s shelves well stocked for its patrons. Pictured on the serving line, from left: Roc Johnson, Julian Powell and Javonte Cooper.

Nita Davis, who coordinates Curt’s Kitchen for Cedar Bayou Grace, was impressed by the team’s generosity and willingness to share their time with the more than 100 people served by the ministry each week. In addition to dinner, the church also provides daily sack lunches to children in the neighborhood who would otherwise be unable to eat during summer break. The ministry works strictly on donations.

“To come in and work in the kitchen — that’s what makes you tear up,” Davis said of the Runnin’ Rebels, adding that their gift of canned goods would also make a difference to those in need. “They were so excited and anything we asked them to do, they did. It’s a tremendous thing.”

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 South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Space still available in final weeks of youth tennis camps

BAYTOWN, TX — The Lee College tennis courts have been filled since June with dozens of children and teens running drills and playing games to increase their skills and knowledge of the sport — and there is still time to register youths 5-16 years old for the last remaining tennis camps of the summer.

Tennis summer camps run weekly, with the final camps set to begin Aug. 15 at the Lee College Tennis Center on Market Street. Parents can select from a half-day option that runs from 8:30 a.m.-noon, or a full-day option that runs from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and includes lunch. Students are divided into groups according to their age and skill level, with the goal of improving their overall athletic ability and sharpening their fundamentals to make them more successful tennis players.

Tennis campers spend their week on the court enjoying a variety of different activities that enhance their conditioning, coordination and footwork. Participants run relay races, practice strokes and compete in matches against their peers. Care is also taken to ensure that the campers stay hydrated and get plenty of rest in the Texas heat. In addition to the youth summer camps, Tennis Professional Rob Coles also offers year-round after-school and private lessons for both children and adults. To sign up or get more information about costs and other program details, contact Coles at 281.425.6843 or rcoles@lee.edu.

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 South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Lee College tennis program hosting summer camps for kids, tournament for adults

BAYTOWN, TX — The Lee College tennis program is offering activities this summer for community members of all ages: half-day and full-day camps for youths 6-14 years old, and a one-day tournament for adults to compete against each other.

Tennis summer camps for kids will begin Monday, June 6, at the Lee College courts on Market Street and continue weekly through August. Parents can select from a half-day option that runs from 8:30 a.m.-noon, or a full-day option that runs from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and includes lunch. Students will be divided into groups according to their age and skill level, with the goal of improving their overall athletic ability and sharpening their fundamentals to make them more knowledgeable and successful tennis players.

The adult tennis tournament will be held Saturday, June 11, at the Lee College courts. Participants can compete in singles and doubles play, with an open event for players 18 and older, and an event reserved for those 45 and older. There will also be an opportunity for parents to play doubles with their children.

“Tennis is a lifelong sport that you can play at any age,” said Rob Coles, the tennis professional for Lee College and coordinator of the summer camps and adult tennis tournament. “It doesn’t take a whole team, just a few friends who want to get out on the court.”

Limited spaces are available for the kids summer camps and adult tennis tournament. Registration deadlines are approaching fast. To sign up or get more information about costs and other program details, contact Coles at 281.425.6843 or rcoles@lee.edu.

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 South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Lee College Lady Rebels win All-Region and All-Conference volleyball honors

Volleyball team
From left: Julia Mauer, Madison Otis, Allie Deese, Bethany Covington, and Shelby Wade. Not pictured: Alondra Bautista.

BAYTOWN, TX – Despite early injuries that threatened to derail the 2015-16 volleyball season when it had hardly begun, the Lee College Lady Rebels fought their way to a 22-10 overall record and regional and conference recognition for its high-performing student-athletes.

“We had a really good season,” said Head Coach Tracie Johnson, noting that many players learned multiple positions to be prepared to conquer any challenge they faced on the court. The team won the Midland College Tournament, Cedar Valley Tournament, Yavapai College Tournament and its own invitational en route to a second-round finish at the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament.

“Everybody came together and worked hard; everyone contributed,” Johnson said. “This team had great chemistry and a true love of the game. They had the passion.”

That passion and commitment to their sport led six Lady Rebels to NJCAA All-Region and All-Conference awards. Sophomore Alondra Bautista and freshman Madison Otis earned First Team honors; sophomore Allie Deese and freshman Shelby Wade earned a spot on the Second Team; and sophomores Julia Mauer and Bethany Covington earned Honorable Mention.

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.

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.

Basketball team set for Rebel Madness, Oct. 24

Rebels taking a shot during a game
Sophomore forward Duop Reath, seen here in a 2014-15 game against Coastal Bend College, is among the standouts on the Lee College Basketball Team who will be signing autographs Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at Rebel Madness. The meet-and-greet event for players and fans is free and open to the public.

With the regular season set to begin at the end of October, the Lee College Basketball Team is looking to spread Rebel Spirit in Baytown and beyond with a special event for fans to meet the players and see them in action.

“Rebel Madness” will be held 6-7:15 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Lee College Sports Arena. Admission to the event is free, and the entire community is invited to attend.

The Runnin’ Rebels will show off their skills at Rebel Madness with a slam-dunk contest and 3-point shootout. Fans can get autographs from their favorite players, enjoy music and grab one of the 300 t-shirts and other items that will be given away.

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 22 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.

The Runnin’ Rebels will kick off the regular season Saturday, Oct. 31, in Plano, against Odessa College as part of the East v. West Texas Challenge. The first home game is Friday, Nov. 6, against Collin County Community College. For a full schedule, visit www.lee.edu/athletics.