Bearing Down – Roadrunner Men’s Basketball Sponsors Elementary Class for Event

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Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

A third-grade class from Brandon Elementary School in Lufkin will have an opportunity to play around with some heavy machinery while enjoying several other activities, thanks to Angelina College head men’s basketball coach Nick Wade and his Roadrunner program.

Wade and the team have sponsored those Bears from Brandon for Saturday’s “Touch a Truck” event sponsored by the Junior League of Lufkin.

“Since we weren’t able to have a basketball season because of COVID this year, [Brandon principal) Pam McClendon has allowed me to become part of her team this year and fill the void,” Wade said. “I’ve been working with these third graders most of the time, and I wanted to show some appreciation from our men’s basketball team.

“We sponsored their wrist bands, so all the kids can attend the event for free and have a good time with their families.”

From the Junior League official web site:

“Touch a Truck is a FREE event that provides a unique opportunity for children to explore vehicles of all types including public service, emergency, utility, construction, transportation, delivery, and more! Children will be allowed to touch their favorite vehicles, get behind the wheel, and meet the people who help to build, protect, and serve our community. Live music and food trucks will also be part of the day’s entertainment. We have wristbands available for kids for $5 that includes face painting, bounce houses, petting zoo, pony rides and games!”

The event takes place on Saturday, March 20 in Lufkin.

The email address for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu.

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