Community celebrates Travis Outlaw Day

Starkville native and retired NBA small forward Travis Outlaw holds his two-year-old son Kayden Outlaw (Photo by Charlie Benton, SDN)

Staff Writer

One of Starkville’s favorite sons held an event to celebrate the community Saturday. At the same time, though, he was celebrated by the community.

Travis Outlaw Day was celebrated at McKee Park and the Travis Outlaw Center at the Starkville Sportsplex, with free food, games, music and sports competitions, including a three-on-three basketball tournament.

Starkville native and retired NBA player Travis Outlaw and his family supported the day. Outlaw’s career as a small forward spanned 11 years, and included stints with the Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers, New Jersey Nets and Sacramento Kings. In 2005, the Starkville Board of Aldermen officially named Aug. 26 as “Travis Outlaw Day,” and the Yellow Jackets men’s basketball team retired his jersey.

“We’re just showing appreciation and giving back to the community,” Travis Outlaw said.

He said he was thankful to the city of Starkville for giving him a safe place to grow up, and for supporting him both on and off the basketball court.

“It really gave me a home,” Outlaw said. “It was a great, peaceful environment to grow up in, and it’s just always been home for me.”

Travis Outlaw’s brother, Michael Outlaw as helping to organize the three-on-three tournament. He said the Outlaw family thought it was important to give back and foster community.

“We just kind of took this, and wanted to give back,” Michael Outlaw said. “Basketball is his thing, so we just wanted to bring the kids out and make it fun for them.

Michael Outlaw said this year’s event had been successful.

“It’s a fun day in the park,” Michael Outlaw said. “Everything is free. It’s Travis’ way of telling people he appreciates the support that they gave him in his professional career and outside of basketball.”

Travis Outlaw was on the sidelines of the court at the three-on-three competition, offering support and holding his two-year-old son, Kayden Outlaw.

“I feel great,” Travis Outlaw said. “Each year I’ve been doing this, I see kids get older, and it’s just a fun experience.”

In addition to the Travis Outlaw Day festivities, Travis Outlaw periodically hosts basketball camps and other events in Starkville.