Wichita State University basketball player helps pick up trash left in the stands for three hours after win against Tarleton State
- Dexter Dennis who played on winning Wichita State University men’s basketball team stayed behind to help pick up trash left behind in the stands
- Video of Dennis was captured by a sports reporter as he set about helping staff
- The humble act was praised by those working at the stadium
- ‘Didn’t do it for attention. Just gives me perspective on life. It could always be worse,’ Dennis wrote
A junior who played on a winning basketball team stayed behind with arena staff for three hours to help clean up the stands and pick up the trash left behind by fans.
Dexter Dennis who is known for his for his fast moves on the court was praised for what he did off the court long after the game, held in Wichita, Kansas, was over.
Dennis who was on the Wichita State University men’s basketball team that beat Tarleton State 65-51 decided to help tidy up the stadium after the game instead of heading off to celebrate the victory with teammates.
Dennis, who hails from Louisiana, helped propel the team, known as the Shockers to victory and into a tournament in Las Vegas.
Dennis scored 13 points, 10 of those in the second half, for Wichita State (3-0). He was 3-of-4 from 3-point range.
Wichita State shot 42.9 percent from the field, and Tarleton State finished at 38.3 percent.
Dexter Dennis who played on winning Wichita State University men’s basketball team stayed behind to help pick up trash left behind in the stands
But it was Dennis’ humble act long after the spectators had gone home that got people talking.
The simple act of him staying behind to pick up trash was captured by a reporter who was in the stands opposite after everyone else had left the court.
The cleanup can normally takes up to three hours.
‘Dexter is a different kind of dude,’ sports reporter for The Wichita Eagle, Taylor Eldridge, tweeted together with the video he shot that has since gone viral.
‘Wasn’t in trouble or anything. Didn’t have to. He just wanted to help out the cleaning crew,’ Eldridge added.
Wichita State Shockers guard Dexter Dennis is pictured on the court against the Tarleton State Texans this week at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kansas
Wichita State Shockers guard Dexter Dennis (0) drives to the basket against Tarleton State
The humble act was praised by those working at the stadium including a sports reporter
‘Didn’t do it for attention. Just gives me perspective on life. It could always be worse,’ Dennis wrote
Dennis tweeted about the incident stating: ‘Didn’t do it for attention. Just gives me perspective on life. It could always be worse.’
His efforts were recognized by Wichita State University Facilities Director David Gomez.
‘We have several folks who have been here for decades and I know for some of them, that’s probably the first time they’ve seen something like that happen,’ said Gomez to CBS News.
‘And I just, from our custodial staff, out to him, we just want to say thank you for leading and showing us that there are still folks out there who recognize the hard work that’s done around here.’
Dexter Dennis can be seen helping to pick up the trash left behind by spectators
Dennis’ actions were widely praised by those on social media
Dennis’ selfless act was praised by many on social media
Dennis was caught on video helping to pick up the items for several hours