A few weeks ago, Coastal students were sent emails that gave them the opportunity to sign up to become one of the fifty-six to travel to Charlotte, NC to attend an NBA regular season matchup between the Charlotte Hornets and the Miami Heat.
Noelle Noble and Ketron Belin were the ones that made this trip possible. Belin was the one that thought of this outing to get students involved and have a fun journey for them to go on.
Nobles talked about how Belin made this opportunity possible for students.
“He had to contact the person in charge of the Spectrum Center, the arena of the Charlotte Hornets,” said Nobles. “He also worked along with Susana Marshman which is the director of New Student and Family Programs.”
Students were treated to a classic that saw the Heat defeat the Hornets, 106-105. In a span of 3.7 seconds, Heat forward James Johnson scored five points to tie things up at 105. A Kelly Olynyk free-throw with 0.2 seconds to go in the game ultimately gave the Heat the win.
Freshman Bailey Brown talked about her experience.
“It was really fun and I really enjoyed myself,” said Brown. “That was my first NBA game, so it was really cool to see how it goes down. It’s really different from how it is on TV.”
While Brown says that everything went well with the game and the trip to and from Charlotte, she did wish that there was more time to walk around Charlotte.
“I really did enjoy myself but I wish we did have more time to walk around the Spectrum Center and the city of Charlotte,” said Brown.
Noble says that if they have the money in the budget then they will try to do more events, like the one this past weekend, in the future.