FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU Basketball house openers are simply over two weeks away and Alico Enviornment will host its annual premier basketball kickoff occasion, Hoops and Halloween, on Friday, Oct. 29 as a part of the Eagle Household Weekend. The 7:30 PM occasion will comply with E’Gouls Volleyball, a accomplice Halloween occasion that includes a rivalry volleyball versus ASUN East Division foe North Florida which begins at 6 PM.
Hoops and Halloween showcases the boys’s and girls’s basketball season. The marquee occasion, which is offered by Coconut Level Ford, options the primary alternative for most of the people and College group to see and meet the 2021-22 males’s and girls’s basketball coaches and student-athletes. The occasion has one thing for everybody – trick-or-treating and costume contests for youngsters, new swag for college students the place Soiled Hen members could decide up their official basketball season fan shirt for the primary time, and one fortunate FGCU scholar will even have the prospect to win the Dunk Metropolis Mustang by making a timed sequence of photographs, offered by Coconut Level Ford.
All in attendance will see the ladies’s workforce scrimmage, a three-point contest that includes each groups, an Round-the-World contest, and a dunk contest because the finale. Hoops and Halloween taking part kids 12-and-under are inspired to decorate of their greatest Halloween costume. Children will have the ability to trick-or-treat beginning at 7:30 PM; take photos with cheerleaders, Dancing E’Gals and Azul the Eagle, the official Eagle mascot; win prizes for greatest dressed; and take part in a fancy dress parade round Alico Enviornment to music carried out by the FGCU pep band.
“Yearly we stay up for Hoops and Halloween! It is an effective way for our group, followers, and college students to fulfill our workforce previous to the primary week of play and we’re particularly thrilled to be again along with our followers this 12 months,” mentioned head ladies’s basketball coach Karl Smesko. “Our student-athletes have a lot enjoyable interacting with our followers and the younger children in costumes at this occasion. A Friday night time family-friendly occasion with our loyal followers and Soiled Birds out supporting us is an effective way to start out Halloween weekend and the kick off our season. And everyone knows the boys’s Dunk Contest is a fan favourite and our gamers are judging the dunks this 12 months.”
For people who’ve but to buy season tickets, obtainable seats shall be marked and on sale on the occasion, in addition to the chance to hitch the Eagles Membership and safe different membership advantages like most popular parking and entry to VIP occasions.
At 8 PM, the costume prize winners are introduced and the night with excessive vitality music will introduce the ladies’s and males’s groups.
“We stay up for this occasion yearly,” mentioned FGCU head males’s basketball coach Michael Fly. “We’re prepared to start out the season and stay up for seeing our followers out to fulfill our new gamers for the primary time. It is a relaxed and enjoyable occasion for households and followers of all ages.”
THE HISTORY BEHIND THE MADNESS
FGCU started internet hosting Hoops and Halloween in 2012, a Sunday matinee basketball occasion. After its run to the Candy 16, the College started internet hosting a night basketball kickoff occasion, Dunk Metropolis After Darkish, previous to the 2013-14 season. This 12 months FGCU returns to its roots with calling the occasion Hoops and Halloween. The Midnight Insanity custom was based in 1971 by then-Maryland coach Lefty Driesell, who began the custom with a workforce exercise at 12:03 AM on Friday, Oct. 15 – which was then the primary official day groups might start observe for the season. Since then, the midnight begin has morphed right into a pep rally earlier within the day relatively than an precise observe, together with an emcee, music, dancing, competitions and giveaways for followers in attendance.
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