JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 5, 2018) -- The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will hold its second annual Star Wars Night this Saturday when ETSU men’s basketball hosts UT Martin. In addition, Saturday is faculty/staff appreciation night – ETSU employees can purchase up to four tickets for half-price.
The game, sponsored by HomeTrust Bank, tips off at 4 p.m. inside Freedom Hall. Gates to Freedom Hall will open at 3 p.m.
ETSU Athletics has built a partnership with Lucasfilm and the Canon Character Group – the 501st Legion – to support a philanthropy within the Tri-Cities. This year, Lucasfilm and ETSU have teamed with Children Exceeding Expectations (CEE), and they have been invited to Saturday’s game.
CEE is a program of the Junior League of Kingsport, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It is a free school exclusively for kids with cancer and immune deficiency disorders. For more information on CEE or how to donate, please visit www.childrenexceedingexpectations.com or check them out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/childrenexceedingexpectations/.
To help raise money for CEE, there will be a silent auction during Saturday’s game where items such as the ETSU Star Wars Commemorative Basketball Poster, Custom Storm Trooper Helmets and other unique Star Wars memorabilia will be present to bid on. Two auction sites will be set up inside Freedom Hall – one inside the Courtside Club and one at the main entrance of the arena. All of the money raised in the auction will be donated to CEE.
Fans are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Star Wars character on Saturday as 21 members of the 501st Legion will be in costume inside Freedom Hall. Following the game, the Star Wars characters will be available for a postgame photo and autograph session on the court.
Prior to the start of Saturday’s game, ETSU Athletics will honor the late Alvin West. West passed away suddenly on August 9th. West’s family and many of his teammates will be in attendance. Alvin is also pictured on the gameday ticket.
Fans can purchase tickets by calling 423-439-3878 or online by clicking here.
For more information on Buccaneer men’s basketball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s basketball link.