Johnson City Honda, Johnson City Press team up with ETSU to promote student attendance

Thursday, January 15, 2009

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 15, 2009) -- Hey, East Tennessee State University students!

Thousands of dollars in prizes are available at Buccaneer basketball games this semester, courtesy of Johnson City Honda and the Johnson City Press.

ETSU students will win those prizes by attending basketball games in Memorial Center in January and February.

An HP laptop with a backpack and printer, a TomTom GPS navigation system, iPod Nanos and Shuffles, gas cards, movie tickets, restaurant coupons, gift cards and many other prizes are available.

Register your valid e-mail address by clicking on the Johnson City Honda and Johnson City Press ETSU Student Sweepstakes link at www.JohnsonCityPress.com for a chance to win. Then attend Buc games this Saturday, Jan. 19, 22 and 26 and Feb. 7, 9, 26 and 28. One winner will be selected at each game for a $50 gas card, an iPod Shuffle, a pizza meal for four and more.

Grand prize, second- and third-place winners will be drawn at the Feb. 28 game.

Joe Trujillo, Johnson City Honda's general manager, said he was pleased to offer these prizes to the ETSU student community, and said when ETSU students graduate and find their first job, he wants Johnson City Honda to be there to put them in their first Honda.

For Trujillo, partnering Johnson City Honda with ETSU athletics was not a hard decision as he strongly supports higher education.

"If we can continue with good, sound education it becomes a better society," Trujillo said. "We are real excited to partner with them because we know what they think (and what ETSU athletics stands for) and we try to focus heavily on youth education."

ETSU Athletic Director Dave Mullins said Johnson City Honda and the Press are strong partners of the university. And the sweepstakes is helping support a strong athletic environment among the students, Mullins said, adding that the sweepstakes "will encourage our student body to support the Bucs as we try to win the Atlantic Sun Conference championship.

"Great student attendance creates a crucial home-court advantage in college basketball. These two outstanding partners are rewarding our students for their loyal support with some great prizes."

Art Powers, Johnson City Press publisher, said he hopes the sweepstakes makes the student body more aware of the newspaper and JohnsonCityPress.com.

"It should be a fun opportunity for the students to win some nice prizes," Powers said. "If it works we may try to do it next fall."

A valid ETSU student ID is necessary to win. For more details, visit www.JohnsonCityPress.com.

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