Southwestern College Athletics announces its 2021-22 Men's Basketball team will play a regular season game at Paycom Center, home of the NBA Oklahoma City Thunder, on Wednesday, Oct. 27. The Bridge Builder Classic features the Moundbuilders coached by SC basketball head coach Matt O'Brien against the Tigers of Central Christian College led by head man Tony Romero, who was on staff with O'Brien at Central Christian College during O'Brien's stint at CCC.
The Bridge Builder Classic, sponsored by Green Tree, is the brainchild of the business owner, Alton Guidry.
Guidry, a 1993 alumnus of Southwestern College, worked diligently to create the Classic with coach O'Brien, SC Athletic Director Jamie Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Central Christian College.
"It is unbelievable. The college, players, and fans are excited about this upcoming event," says O'Brien. "We are grateful for Guidry's leadership in making this happen. He continually finds ways to highlight his alma mater and encourage our student-athletes to achieve greatness. He is the ultimate example of a true Moundbuilder."
Guidry, originally from Morgan City, La., was recruited to Southwestern on a football scholarship. He quickly discovered his love for Southwestern College and flourished academically as a student-athlete. He earned his bachelor's degree and MBA from Southwestern College, plus received a master's degree from Wichita State University.
Guidry is the founder and business owner of the Wichita-based Green Tree Village, which provides residential group living communities for specialized populations. In addition, he is a community civic leader, local philanthropist, and the president of the Wichita Mu Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
The newly sponsored Bridge Builder Classic highlights Southwestern Men's basketball program and shares the spotlight with Central Christian College. O'Brien begins his 13th season as SC head coach as the winningest coach with twelve years of winning seasons and one of the most active winning coaches in the NAIA. O'Brien was a former head coach at Central Christian College from 2006-2009.