JSU ties Halloween promotion into exhibition hoops opener
by Al Muskewitz
Oct 29, 2013 | 1755 views |  0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
JACKSONVILLE -- Ghouls, ghosts and Gamecocks. That’s what will be on hand at Pete Mathews Coliseum on Thursday night before the Jacksonville State men’s basketball team plays its first preseason exhibition against West Georgia.

With the game falling on Halloween night, the Gamecocks are promoting Trick or Treat at The Pete, an opportunity for local children to partake in the seasonal festivities, meet the JSU basketball teams and enjoy a game.

Young revelers will receive a bag of treats and have an opportunity for more while interacting with various JSU athletes expected to dress for the occasion. The basketball team will dress as, well, basketball players. Children are encouraged to arrive in costume, as there will be a costume contest at halftime of the game.

The trick-or-treating goes from 5-6:10 p.m. The game tips off at 6:45. Admission is free.

“Everything you do as a coach is based on past success,” said Gamecocks assistant coach Tom Schuberth, who pitched the idea to administrators. “We did one of these when I was at Memphis, and it was probably the best event I’ve ever seen of all the promotions done, including Midnight Madness.

“Those who got in were so thankful. The kids had a great time. The players had a great time. It was fabulous. That’s why I’ve always recommended it when the opportunity arises. I hope it will be a hit.”
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