Lady Bucs look to break single-game attendance record; while Grant Team partners with Second Harvest Food Bank for special "Pound for Pound Biggest Loser" promotion
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 19, 2010) - Buccaneer fans looking for a fun and affordable evening, should plan on attending the ETSU/USC Upstate women's basketball game on Monday night at 7 p.m. inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.
The ETSU women's basketball grant team is launching a special "Buc for a Buc" stimulus package for the Lady Buccaneer regular season home finale. This promotion is geared towards a fan appreciation night, as their support this season has reached a new single-game attendance record; while also acting as a "Sixth Man" and helping the Lady Bucs work towards a perfect 10-0 home record. In honor of the fan support, tickets, food, and drinks have all been marked down to $1 for the game on Monday.
"The Buc for a Buc program is our NCAA grant team's way of saying thank you to the loyal Lady Buccaneer fans, who have come out game-after-game in record numbers to support our team," commented Senior Associate Athletic Director Barbie Breedlove. "From our Pack the House initiative, to the Pink Zone, and all games in between, the loyal followers of ETSU women's basketball deserve $1 admission and reduced concession prices during this tough economic time."
In addition to the "Buc for a Buc" promotion, the Lady Bucs have teamed up with Second Harvest Food Bank to help spread the word for their "Pound for Pound Biggest Loser Competition."
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On Friday afternoon, head coach Karen Kemp, members of the women's basketball team, and staff from the grant committee visited the Second Harvest Food Bank to tape public service announcements for the promotion - which will air on WCYB-TV News 5. Then, on Monday, during ETSU's final home game with USC Upstate, computers will be available for fans to sign up and pledge for the challenge. In addition, fans are asked to bring canned food items to the game on Monday night, which will also be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
"This is a great promotion to help raise money, so the Second Harvest Food Bank can help donate more food to the local charities," said ETSU Marketing/Promotions Coordinator Sara Hacker. "We have teamed up with Second Harvest during the holiday season for canned food drives, so they came to us and wanted coach Kemp and her team to be the spokesperson's for this challenge. It's a great way to get our team active in the community, while also helping out those in need."
Monday night also marks the end of the inaugural season of the Dean's Challenge. The winning colleges will be announced at halftime of the game, and those schools will receive a $1,500 scholarship. The challenge, which began back on Jan. 27, was designed to help create more athletic support on campus; while also rewarding the participants with an academic scholarship. Each of the eight colleges received 200 tickets for their selected game, and the school with the highest percentage of tickets used collects one of the two scholarships. The second scholarship will be given to the college who requested more than 200 tickets and had the highest amount of tickets turned in for the single-game.
"The Dean's Challenge has been a fun initiative," added Breedlove. "The idea behind this was to pit the deans of eight different colleges on campus against each other, and see who can drum up the most support for Lady Buc basketball at selected home conference games. This is a great marriage between academics and athletics on the ETSU campus - that is truly a win-win for all. Fans from the eight colleges got to see outstanding women's basketball, while having a chance to win $3,000 in scholarship money for students in their college."
Rounding out the festivities on Monday is the $1,000 cash prize giveaway to one lucky ETSU student. Throughout the season the grant team formed the "Wii Support the Lady Bucs" promotion, which was geared towards increasing student attendance at ETSU women's basketball games. At every home game (when school was in session) in 2009-10, students had a chance to sign up to win a Nintendo Wii. Each time students showed up and entered, they increased their chances to for a special $1,000 cash prize - which will be given away on Monday night.
The Lady Bucs are on pace to break their single-game attendance record on Monday, as close to 2,000 tickets have been requested for this regionally televised game on CSS. Over 1,000 tickets have been passed out for the Dean's Challenge, 500 tickets were given to Upward Athletics and 200 to the Second Harvest Food Bank.