For students in grades eighth grade and below.
Women's basketball staff and players were on hand.
Prior to joining Southern Miss, Gardner was a student assistant at Tennessee-Martin for one season.
Gardner earned a bachelor's degree in physical education K-12. The Lexington, Tenn., native graduated from Lexington High School in 2006.
While at LHS, Gardner played basketball, football, golf and tennis. He was also on the Student Council and Renaissance Club. He was selected to Who's Who Among High School Students and was among the top 10 finalists in the state of Tennessee for the Wendy's High School Heisman award. On the hardwood, Gardner was a 4 time All-District selection, 2 time All-Region, All-State one year and was selected to play in the East-West All-Star game his senior year. Gardner also holds the TSSAA record for most assists in a career with 787. Was a member of the 2003 A-AA State Championship golf team at LHS. Voted All-Region in football his senior year while LHS had a perfect regular season and made it to the state quarterfinals.
Gardner is the son of Tim and Tina Gardner.