Immediate Release –Sports
U.S. Secret Service visits with Men’s Basketball team
September 3, 2015
Dayton, Ohio – On the heels of the Men’s Basketball trip to Washington in late October, the Pride received a guest speaker after workouts today from the U.S. Secret Service as part of the Player Enhancement Program (PEP).
Agent Todd Bagby of the U.S. Secret Service spent some time talking with members of the Men’s Basketball program. Agent Bagby, the Resident Agent in Charge for the Dayton Office, gave a quick overview on the agency and the different functions of the Secret Service which included employment opportunities as well as the educational requirements. Following the 15 minute intro into the agency, Agent Bagby fielded questions from the players and handed out several brochures about the Secret Service.
This is not the first time Agent Bagby has addressed the team, his visits usually happen every three years just before the team’s trip to Washington. The concept of having someone speak with the team about the agency originated from one of the teams earlier trips to Washington. During that first visit to Washington, the Pride had positive encounters with the members of the Secret Service and Capitol Police. This sparked some interest and a lot of unanswered questions. Thus the call went out to the Dayton office with the invitation to spend some time speaking to our Student-Athletes.
The United States Secret Service is a federal law enforcement agency with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and more than 150 offices throughout the United States and abroad. The Secret Service was established in 1865, solely to suppress the counterfeiting of U.S. currency. Today, the agency is mandated by Congress to carry out dual missions: protection of national and visiting foreign leaders, and criminal investigations.
The Men’s Basketball team will travel to DC once again this year to open the regular season on November 1st. On the way, Sinclair will stop at West Liberty University (WV) for a scrimmage against one of the top NCAA Division II programs in the nation. While in Washington, the team will tour the White House, Capitol, Supreme Court and visit Arlington Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, Martin L. King Memorial and spending time visiting with returning vets at Walter Reed Hospital. The trip will finish with the first regular season game of 2015-16 against the U.S. Naval Academy Development Team.