Joplin, Mo. -- MSSU Athletics is proud to announce details surrounding the One State, One Spirit Classic presented by Leggett & Platt. The classic is a men's basketball exhibition game between the Missouri Tigers and MSSU Lions on Sunday night, October 30 at MSSU's Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
The game will tip off at 5:47pm and will be carried live nationally on ESPNU. ESPNU will begin their broadcast from the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center at 5:30pm. A moment of silence will be recognized at 5:41pm, the official time the May 22 tornado touched down. The national anthem will be sung by Desi Hickman, a recent MSSU graduate who survived the tornado while working at Pronto Pharmacy near St. John's. Special recognitions for the involvement and generosity of Leggett & Platt and the University of Missouri will take place prior to 5:30pm. Halftime events will include a presentation by KODE-TV 12 news anchor Tiffany Alaniz as well as recognition of the efforts of the Heart of America United Way and their "One State, One Spirit, One Mizzou" t-shirt campaign. The doors to the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center will open to the public at 4pm.
All parking lots with the exception of Lots 10 and 12 will be open to the public and parking will be free of charge. Lot 12, located between Leggett & Platt and Taylor Education Building will be reserved for ESPNU trucks. Lot 10, immediately behind Young Gymnasium and Leggett & Platt will be reserved for working media, ESPN personnel and administrative personnel. A limited amount of handicapped parking will be available on Victory Lane which runs between Leggett & Platt and the new Health Sciences Building. There will be no Lionbacker reserved parking for this game.
A Will Call area will be set up in the Young Gymnasium lobby, just inside Door 1. Those needing to pick up Will Call tickets but entering behind Leggett & Platt at Door 10 will be escorted to the Young Gym lobby to pick up their tickets. The game is a sellout, and no tickets will be available for purchase at any of the entrances.
A free basketball clinic for boys and girls in grades 3-6 will also be held that day from 12:30-2pm. Those interested can register at www.mssulions.com. The clinic will be limited to the first 100 respondents.