For the fourth consecutive year, FGCU Athletics will commence the start of a new school year by hosting the Eagles Revolution in Alico Arena on Monday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m.
With nearly 2,000 Dirty Birds already signed up, a record crowd of FGCU students are expected to attend to meet and interact with the student-athletes and coaches who have been instrumental in the school's nine team and individual NCAA Championship appearances over the last two years, capped by men's basketball's run to the Sweet 16 in March.
At 5:30, doors open to the Dirty Birds, and Moe's mini burritos will be available. Each pre-registered Dirty Bird can pick up their swag pack, featuring the official Dirty Bird shirt, membership card, sunglasses, lanyard and sticker, all packed into a drawstring Dirty Bird bag. More than 1,800 incoming freshmen pre-registered for the Dirty Birds during summer orientation, a number that is more than double last year's membership.
The main event begins at 7 and includes free food for all students and special performances by Tampa natives DJ Charlie Chase and MC Kyle Jackson of Party 101 Productions. Students will have a chance to win a 32-inch LCD TV, iPad, Nintendo Wii, Beats By Dr. Dre Headphones, a photo with the men's basketball team's "Biggest Upset" ESPY and bookstore money. Students must be present to win the prizes and have a current FGCU Student ID.
Student-athletes and the head coaches from FGCU's 15 programs will be introduced, while new men's basketball coach Joe Dooley will have his first chance to address the student body. Women's basketball coach Karl Smesko and Dooley both will invite a lucky winner to take a series of shots, including a lay-up, free throw, three-point and half-court shot, for a chance to win a custom Dunk City Ford Mustang, generously underwritten by Coconut Point Ford. If the winner prefers, $30,000 in education or cash is also an option.
The Dunk City Mustang was featured in the Naples 4th of July parade, where Sherwood Brown made a special appearance.