August 30, 2010 12:14:00 PM
Tim Pratt -
STARKVILLE -- The largest crowd on record packed McKee Park Saturday for the city of Starkville''s sixth annual Travis Outlaw Day.
Outlaw, the former Starkville High School basketball star who now plays for the New Jersey Nets, was on hand as between 1,500 and 1,800 people turned out for food, games, prizes and more than a half-dozen competitions, said Markeeta Outlaw, Travis'' mother.
"It was by far the biggest crowd we''ve ever had," Markeeta Outlaw said. "Everything was good. Everything was beautiful. We''re glad the weather held up."
As part of the day''s events, Outlaw made a $20,000 contribution to the Starkville Boys and Girls Club.
There also were jump-rope and hula hoop competitions, a three-legged race, a wheelbarrow race, a three-on-three basketball tournament, flag football games, a chess tournament and a barbecue competition, among other activities.
Terrance Sykes of West Point won the barbecue competition over defending champion Frank Nichols, a captain in the Starkville Police Department, who placed second. Judges for the barbecue competition were Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman, Sixteenth District Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens and Outlaw family friend Jerry Williams, of Texas.
"We just want to thank everybody for showing up and participating," Markeeta Outlaw said. "With all the kids that were participating in the contests and won prizes, we just want to thank the parents for allowing them come out and participate and for letting Travis give back to the community, because you can''t give back if you don''t have participants."