Southeast Missouri's men's basketball program will host its inaugural Cement Your Legacy Block Party on Saturday, July 31 at Arena Park.
The event, scheduled for 11 a.m.-1 p.m., CT, is FREE of charge. Hot dogs, chips and water will be provided. Any canned food donations will be accepted and later donated to a local food bank or pantry. SEMO's basketball players and staff, and the Cape Girardeau Police and Fire Departments will be on hand for a fun day of games and activities.
"We want to try to bring the community together through the game of basketball," said Head Coach Brad Korn. "We want the community to have access to our players and staff. Hopefully, this event will grow each year and be part of our legacy."
This summer, SEMO instilled a "Cement Your Legacy" program which allows its student-athletes and coaches to engage in a variety of experiences that will help them in life.
Outside the hard work it is putting in on the court and in the classroom, SEMO spent four days with campus and community leaders to learn about financial literacy, marketing and branding, personal wellness and leadership development.
Korn's Cement Your Legacy idea was prompted by former Redhawk star and current Oklahoma City Blue (NBA G-League) shooting guard Antonius Cleveland.
"Antonius has been a guy we have been in contact with since we got here," said Korn. "When he did a Zoom meeting with our team, I was impressed by the way he spoke and the passion he has for SEMO basketball. When he was quoted as saying, 'Cement Your Legacy' we took a lot from that and that's been the message for our guys this summer and going into next season."