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Viral Video: Wichita State University basketball player helps pick up trash for 3 hours after game



  • Dexter Dennis, Wichita State University men’s basketball star player, made headlines two weeks ago not because his team won against Tarleton State.
  • Dexter stayed behind after the game and was captured in a video helping staff pick up trash left behind in the stands.
  • Dennis refused to be interviewed but took to Twitter to write: ‘Didn’t do it for attention. Just gives me perspective on life.” 

Wichita State basketball player Dexter Dennis has become a viral sensation and it’s not because of his amazing dunks.

After the Wichita State University men’s basketball team won against Tarleton State two weeks ago, Dexter Dennis stayed behind to help staff at Koch Arena clean the stands, Wichita CBS affiliate KWCH-TV reports.

Dennis helped lead the Wichita State Shockers to victory but the soft-spoken college-junior remained humble. He was captured in a video by a sports reporter picking up trash in the stands. He did it without anyone asking him.

Taylor Eldridge, who covers Wichita State athletics for The Wichita Eagle newspaper, shared the video on Twitter. “Dexter is a different kind of dude,” he tweeted.

Not surprisingly, the video quickly went viral.

“Wasn’t in trouble or anything. Didn’t have to. He just wanted to help out the cleaning crew,” Taylor wrote in another tweet. 

According to Wichita State University Facilities Director David Gomez, cleanup can take up to three hours after every game. He said seeing a student-athlete staying to help is very inspiring.


“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 who recognize the hard work that’s done around here.”

“It’s insane that someone who just played the game helps clean up the stadium,” Wichita State student and golfer Max Wojciechowski told KWCH.

Dexter has declined interview requests and has not responded to CBS News, but he addressed the viral moment on Twitter. “Didn’t do it for attention,” Dennis tweeted. “Just gives me perspective on life.”

Dexter’s father Page Dennis is very proud of watching his son’s good heart getting noticed. “He’s just a good kid,” Page told The Eagle. “All he wanted to do was to show that anyone can help out. That’s just the way he is.”

Page says Dexter actually helps clean the stands after most home games.

“I was waiting for him after the game and he said, ‘Dad, I do two sections after every home game,’” Page said. “So I was sitting there waiting for him and he just started cleaning up, so I decided to help him out. That’s just the kind of guy he is. He [doesn’t] want no praise.”

Source: CBS News/The Wichita Eagle