PRESQUE ISLE, Me (WAGM) - You've seen the elaborate celebrations for the start of the college basketball season from the big D-1 teams. Wednesday night was Midnight Madness for the UMPI basketball teams.
This is the first time the school has done this in a few years. There were plenty of games for both players and fans alike, with prizes for the best performances from the crowd. The events that were on the schedule mimicked the NBA All-Star weekend with the skills challenge, shooting stars contest, a three point challenge and a dunk contest. Athletic director and men's basketball coach Dan Kane explains the reason behind why they hold a Midnight Madness event.
"Well it's a great way to start the year and get some excitement going before the tip-off tourneys next Friday and Saturday. It also gives the kids something to do on campus on a Wednesday night and come have some fun. It's also open to the public. It's a chance for the public to meet some of our teams and see what we're going to look like on the season," Kane said.
Besides basketball, the teams and fans came together to sing Jingle Bells for Jacob Thompson down in Portland. He is a young kid who is struggling with his health and wants to celebrate his favorite holiday. Hopefully Jacob enjoyed this version of Jingle Bells from Presque Isle.