Fort Loudoun Middle School hosts college basketball game to inspire students

LOUDON COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Monday was a very exciting day at Fort Loudoun Middle School. While the middle school's basketball team practiced, they also got the opportunity to take some notes from college athletes.

The school's gym hosted a college basketball game between Bryan College and Alice Lloyd College from Kentucky. The school decided to host it so students would have the opportunity to see a real college game up close.

The school's head basketball coach Hayden Webb said the college basketball game is a way to inspire young kids to chase their dreams.

"The reason we do that is because it gives the kids a great idea of what is achievable in their life, and a lot of kids don't have the opportunity to go see a college basketball game except for maybe on TV, but this is life in person," said Webb. "It's just a good feel, gives them something to look forward to that's a very achievable goal."

The game began at 6 p.m. in the school gym, and halftime included fun activities for students, such as a dunk contest and games that offered jerseys for prizes.

Monday was the school's second time hosting a college basketball game, but Coach Webb said he's working to get other collegiate sports teams to play a game at the gym.

Monday's game was an exhibition of sorts. Both teams' regular seasons begin in November.