Lady Topper Basketball to Host Spread the Red Education Game

Michelle Clark-Heard
Michelle Clark-Heard

Dec. 3, 2013

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. --Lady Topper Basketball will host Georgia State on Wed. Jan. 8, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. CT. as part of the third "Spread the Red Education Game." Over 2,100 area school children from the Bowling Green Independent School District and schools from Glasgow and Logan Co., among others, including students in grades K-8, will be in attendance for the event, it was announced Tuesday morning during a press conference at E.A. Diddle Arena.

"We are excited to again welcome area students to E.A. Diddle Arena and the WKU campus for the Spread the Red Education Game," said WKU Director of Athletics Todd Stewart. "For many students, this may be the first time that they have been on our campus. I am glad we can welcome them into our school community through this women's basketball game as I think it will open the door to these young people learning about the educational opportunities available to them down the road right here in Bowling Green."

The game will mark the culmination of a month-long program between WKU Athletics and local schools, creating a synergy between education and athletics. Teachers will utilize historical statistics and biographical information on the student-athletes and teams as a learning mechanism by incorporating them into history, reading, math and geography lessons. Students will also learn and see firsthand the value of receiving an education and the importance of teamwork in achieving goals. While at the game, students will also have the chance to see the recently completed Hall of History, located on the second level of E.A. Diddle Arena, to learn more about the history of WKU Athletics and its impact on the university and community.

"One of the really neat things about this game is being able to show the young people not only what our team is capable of doing on the court, but what they are working towards off the court: completing their degree from WKU," said head coach Michelle Clark-Heard. "WKU is such an important part of this Bowling Green community and I am glad we have a chance to show these young people a few of the things that make it such a special place that I hold so dear as a graduate."

"The Bowling Green Independent School District is excited that many of our students will have the opportunity to attend the 2014 Lady Topper Spread the Red Education Day Game," said Superintendent Joe Tinius. "For many of our students it will be the first of what hope will be many opportunities to attend a variety of events on the WKU campus. Students will not only experience an NCAA Division I Women's Basketball game, but will also hear from student-athletes about the importance of their education today in preparation for college, receive information regarding the requirements to enroll in college and learn about the history of WKU, our community and country over the decades through the Halls of History in the arena. The Bowling Green Independent School District appreciates this opportunity and the ongoing strong working relationship we have with WKU."

Among those partnering with WKU Athletics for the initiative are Modern Woodmen and Russell Athletics.

"Modern Woodmen is very involved nationwide in many programs that support education," said Modern Woodmen Regional Manager Scott Turner. "We're very excited to be a partner of WKU for the special `Spread the Red Education Game.' Modern Woodmen understands the importance education makes in improving the quality of life."

Students who currently have maintained perfect attendance during the current school year will also have the chance to win a $500 savings bond at halftime courtesy of the game day sponsor, Modern Woodmen.

"Russell Athletic takes great pride in our partnership with Western Kentucky University and supporting great community initiatives," Russell Athletic Senior Vice President Gary Barfield said. "We're very excited to be a part of the WKU Lady Topper Spread the Red Education Game."

All students will receive a Russell Athletic drawstring bag on gameday that will include WKU Admissions information.

The game has also been earmarked on the WKU schedule as the NCAA "Pack the House" game. "Pack The House" is a national effort by NCAA Division I in which conferences and institutions compete to build attendance. The NCAA awards prizes to each winner who in turn donates the $500 to the nonprofit organization of each winning institution's choice.

Tickets to the game with Georgia State are available now for just $1 each for the general public. All students, teachers and staff taking part in the Spread the Red Education initiative will receive free admission.

Season tickets and single-game tickets for the 2013-14 season are currently available for purchase by contacting the WKU Ticket Office. Individuals can call the WKU Ticket Office at 1-800-5-BIG-RED to learn more about season ticket opportunities, visit www.wkusports.com or visit the ticket office in E.A. Diddle Arena. A complete look at the 2013-14 schedule, including game times, is available at www.wkusports.com.

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