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Basketball team celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Scecina Crusaders girls basketball team spent MLK Day 2016 at the Indiana Historical Society in Downtown Indianapolis. They participated  in special programs and also performed service through making up care packages for Wheeler Mission.

By Cari Gallagher '93

The Scecina girls basketball team spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrating the life and legacy of the civil rights leader.

They took part in a special program and service opportunity at the Indiana Historical Society on Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 18. In the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater, they watched a short play featuring Hoosier reactions to Robert F. Kennedy's speech in Indianapolis the night that the Rev. King was assassinated. The team was then asked to fill in a dream cloud with words or pictures featuring their own hopes for the future.

In the William H. Smith Memorial Library, the Crusaders were able to view original materials from the Historical Society’s collections relating to the Rev. King and the civil rights movement in Indiana. Wilma Moore, the Historical Society’s senior archivist on African-American history, led discussions on Hoosier ties to the Rev. King and how the collections on display help tell the history of Indiana's black communities.

Another important element of the day-long celebration was service. Under the supervision of their coach, Reggen Melson, the players helped pack care packages to benefit Wheeler Mission, with items provided by Target.

The day was a wonderful opportunity for our student athletes to follow in the footsteps Father Thomas Scecina, a man dedicated to service — first as a parish priest and then as a chaplain in the U.S. Army during World War II. By following the example of Jesus, Father Tom spent his entire life serving others.

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