Dennis, who scored 13 points to help lead his team to a 14-point win, joined the clean-up staff after the game.
The Wichita State University men's basketball team shined on the court Tuesday night. So much that they ended the night with a double-digit win at home against their opponent, Tarleton State. Led by junior guard Dexter Dennis, The Shockers put together a strong defensive performance to bring about the 65-51 win and extend its home winning streak to 12 games. However, it was Dennis' contribution off the court after the victory that had the most impact on fans. According to KWCH, about 30 minutes after the buzzer sealed his team's win, Dennis was back in the arena, helping some of his biggest supporters do their job of cleaning up the stands.
Dennis, who scored 13 points to help lead his team to a 14-point win, joined the clean-up staff after the game even though no one had asked him to do it. Wichita State University Facilities Director David Gomez revealed that it can typically take up to three hours after every game to clean the arena and that it was inspiring to see a student-athlete stepping up to help with the job. "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.
"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 that recognize the hard work that's done around here," he added. A video of Dennis helping the custodial staff has since gone viral on social media with many admitting that they've become even bigger fans of Dennis after knowing he stayed late Tuesday to help staff members clean up inside Koch Arena.
Thirty minutes after the Wichita State game, star player Dexter Dennis (@ldl_dex) is up here in the stands picking up trash at Koch Arena.— Taylor Eldridge (@tayloreldridge) November 17, 2021
Dexter is a different kind of dude. pic.twitter.com/GMzGhz0L9t
"It's insane that someone who just played the game helps clean up the stadium," said fellow WSU student-athlete Max Wojciechowski, who competes on the Shocker men's golf team. Not wanting to capitalize on his sudden publicity, Dennis declined to do an interview when reporters reached out but did send a tweet Tuesday night after people began sharing the video of him in the stands after the game. "Didn't do it for attention. Just gives me perspective on life. It could always be worse," he wrote. Dennis' response only made folks all the more impressed with his humility as Twitter flooded with praise for the soft-spoken young man.
This is just so genuine. Yes ok the fans could’ve picked up after themselves…but still that’s just so sweet. pic.twitter.com/DSmYyM88br— coroneljacklyn (@coroneljacklyn) November 19, 2021
"You were/are raised with respect and that is admirable. Young men and women can use their athletic role models to be exactly this, on and off the court doing what helps everyone out," tweeted @shockers1971. "You're a good demonstration of how people should help others! You have a lot of other ways to get attention! Keep being you," wrote @kshelton33. "Thank you for being someone I can point to [to] teach my class of first graders. I will definitely be sharing this with them tomorrow. In order to be a leader, you must first serve. You are definitely a leader," commented @mzjnz9. "This is just so genuine. Yes ok, the fans could've picked up after themselves... but still that's just so sweet," tweeted @coroneljacklyn.