Rivalries define college athletics. Rooting against those two or three schools that are considered your rivals is a collegiate tradition above many others. One of Stephen F. Austin's rivals are the Northwestern State Demons. But after the Lumberjacks beat the Demons 62-52 on March 3rd sportsmanship took over any negative feelings between the rivals.
Northwestern State university's head basketball coach Mike McConathy explains how SFA helped their rivals on a tragic night for the Demons. McConathy asked that this public thank you letter be published in response to the help that SFA's basketball program provided that night. Here is the letter in its entirety:
On March 3, our Northwestern State Demons basketball team played a Southland Conference game against Stephen F. Austin's Lumberjacks in Nacogdoches. After SFA's well-deserved victory, the 2011-2012 regular season for both teams was officially over; however, for the Demons, the final score was just the beginning of a very long and painful night. As the NSU team was boarding the bus to return home, our senior center, William Mosley, and his girlfriend Kayla learned that their infant twin boys, Jayden and Kayden, had both suddenly passed away in a hospital in Houston where they had been since last March due to respiratory issues.
SFA graciously offered the visitors' dressing room for the NSU team and those traveling with them to gather and pray and console one another. The gesture was kind and sufficient, and afterwards, we collected ourselves and made our way back to Natchitoches.
But that is not all that SFA and the Lumberjacks basketball family did. While we were on the bus ride home, SFA head coach Danny Kaspar called me and offered his personal assistance to aid the Mosley family. He, along with many Stephen F. Austin supporters, gave liberally to the Will Mosley Family Support Fund set up to aid Will and his family.
The Northwestern family, along with the Mosley family, wishes to express our heartfelt appreciation to Coach Kaspar and his staff and to all of the Lumberjacks of SFA who have been so generous to a young man and his family during a very difficult time. We have been extraordinarily blessed by the kindness and compassion shown.
Head Basketball Coach, Northwestern State University