Women's Basketball Set to Host School Day on Monday
Dec. 11, 2015
Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWBB)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest women's basketball team is set to host the annual School Day game on Monday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. More than 8,000 local elementary and middle school children are expected to attend.
"We are super excited to have local school kids pack the Coliseum screaming and cheering us on," said head coach Jen Hoover. "This is a great way for us to reach out to our community and give local youth a chance to experience Wake Forest women's basketball. There has been a lot of excitement surrounding the game for weeks now. Just this week I was stopped in a coffee shop by a teacher to tell me how excited she is to bring her class to the game."
The Demon Deacons host Jacksonville at 11 a.m. on Monday at LJVM Coliseum. The women's basketball program invited nearly 9,000 students from more than 40 local schools to attend the game. Tickets will be complimentary for every member of those groups. Students in attendance will also receive foam fingers, activity books or pompoms.
"There is a lot of behind the scenes work that has gone into this game," Hoover said. "Our players have been visiting the local schools to build excitement for the game. Many of our players have had an opportunity to achieve their dreams and they want these kids to see how much fun it is to be living your dream."
Among the schools expected in attendance are North Hills, Holmes, Rural Hall, Whitaker, Hall-Woodward, Southeast Middle, Walkertown, Vienna, Middle Fork, Northeastern Randolph, Sedge Garden, Kingswood, Douglass, Walnut Cove, Kernersville Middle, Forest Park, Nancy Reynolds, North Davie, Diggs-Latham, Pinnacle, Easton, Union Cross, Flat Rock, Cash, Speas Global, Lowrance, Philo-Hill, South Fork, Henderson, Paisley, Old Town, Petree, Hanes Magnet, Sherwood Forest and Wiley Magnet.
Lisa Duggins, the principal at Hanes Magnet School used the School Day game as an incentive for the school's annual food drive.
"On December 1, the Hanes Magnet Annual Food Drive began," Duggins said. "One of the incentives we used was the Wake Forest women's basketball game. The students and staff were told the three homerooms with the greatest donations would be attending the game on December 14. Within the first week, our students and staff had already filled fifteen barrels with food and donated money for the Second Harvest Food Bank. We are proud of the contributions made by our school and grateful to Wake Forest for providing this opportunity for our students."
Douglass Elementary will sing the National Anthem and there will be performances from Sedge Garden cheerleaders, Whitaker Elementary Wheel Power and the Ladies of Distinction Step Team.
Wake Forest hopes to break the women's basketball attendance record of 5,342 set in 2006. Last year for the School Day game against Towson the Deacons had the fourth-best attendance mark in program history with 4,845 in attendance.
"We love hosting these early afternoon games specifically catering to the youth in our community," Hoover said. "As the mother of an elementary student I believe it is a really great thing for our community, the kids and for our players."
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