November 19, 2008

“Blue Thunder” Kicks Off GCSU Men’s Basketball Season

by Blaire Bachman, member of "One Team, One Spirit"

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.- The Georgia College & State University men's basketball team will face Fort Valley State University on Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. where Bobcat fans will "blue-out" Centennial Center as "Blue Thunder" kicks off the 2008 season.

"Blue Thunder" is the first event in the "One Team, One Spirit" campaign supporting GCSU men's basketball. Students, faculty, and staff are challenged to show their school spirit by dressing in Bobcat blue or painting themselves in school colors.

"We know GCSU is a great university - in many, many ways," said Jud Damon, GCSU Athletic Director. "Since we know how special Georgia College is, we ought to have a great time coming together and displaying that spirit."

GCSU men's basketball heads into this year having had a successful 2007-2008 season with 20-9 record and finishing third in the Peach Belt Conference Standings.

"This is a great idea ["Blue Thunder"] to boost school spirit for the first game of the season," said Terry Sellers, GCSU men's basketball coach. "Our athletes' talents will be showcased at the games, and we want everyone to see that."

A pre-game tie-dye station will be on front campus Thursday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The first 50 fans at the tie-dye event will receive a free t-shirt donated by GCSU Athletics.

Game-day body painting will be available to fans on Friday, Nov. 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. outside the Centennial Center.

The "Bluest Fan" will be selected at the game during halftime and will receive a gift certificate to The Brick for $40.

"I'm excited to paint myself in my school's colors," said Andrew Goldberg, a senior Finance major. "It reminds me of what students at a larger university would do and makes going that much more fun."

"Fan Frenzy," an RSO competition, will run throughout the "One Team, One Spirit" basketball campaign. An RSO will be chosen each home game as the most spirited and will be featured in The Colonnade sports section. RSO's will be scored each game for the $100 grand prize drawing on January 24.

"Being part of an RSO, Kappa Delta, my sisters and I will be able to attend the games together and hopefully win the grand prize drawing in January," said Christie Walden, a senior Marketing major. "Attending will show our support for GCSU athletics."

For more information contact Chelsea Wilson at chelsea_wilson@ecats.gcsu.edu

The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats.