WILMINGTON, North Carolina - From the popular mid-week Tip-Off Luncheon to the late-night "Fan Jam" on Friday, Oct. 12, the Midnite Madness festivities that signal the start of basketball season at UNCW offer something for every Seahawk basketball fan.
The three days of activities planned by UNCW's Seahawk Sports Marketing Office are designed to "get folks excited about the start of basketball season," according to Mike Vaccaro, assistant director of SSM. "We're hoping to enhance the experience this year with the use of our new large video board and the LED signage. "
Special activities are planned around the men's soccer game Wednesday (7 p.m. vs. James Madison) and women's soccer matchup Thursday (7 p.m. vs. James Madison) leading up to the grand finale Friday at Trask Coliseum. An ice cream social, cash cab and tip-off dinner at Wagoner Hall are planned around the key Colonial Athletic Association games.
Friday's schedule begins at 8:30 p.m. when everyone is invited to join the men's and women's teams in the annual Trask Trek, a traditional march down Chancellor's Walk to the arena.
The doors to Trask Coliseum open at 9 p.m. Local radio personalities Foz of Z107.5 and Craig Thomas of Sunny 104.5 will provide introductions, followed by performances from the UNCW Dance Team, Cheerleaders, and Pep Band.
The SSM staff will conduct several contests before the Seahawks take the court. Designated players will then compete in the three-point shooting and slam dunk contests.
The night concludes on the lawn of Hoggard Hall as the Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE) stages its annual "Fan Jam." Games, food, and entertainment will be available at 11 p.m.
2012 UNCW Midnite Madness Schedule
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 o Tip-Off Luncheon at Buffalo Wild Wings, 11:30 a.m. o Sammy Sighting #1 (FREE T-shirts while supplies last), 2 p.m. o Men's Soccer vs. JMU (ACE Tealgate with Transition Programs), 7 p.m. Thursday, October 11, 2012 o Ice Cream Social & Cash Cab, 11 a.m. o Sammy Sighting #2 (FREE T-shirts while supplies last), 2 p.m. o Tip-off Dinner at Wagoner (Special Menu), 5:30 p.m. o Women's Soccer vs. James Madison, 7 p.m.
Friday, October 12, 2012 o Patio at Dub's Café in Warwick Center (Apple Fest bob for T-Shirt), 11 a.m. o Sammy Sighting #3 (FREE T-shirts while supplies last), 2 p.m. o Seahawk Club 5K Night Run-Walk, 7:00 p.m. o Trask Trek (Start at Village Clubhouse), 8:30 p.m. o Coach's speak to Trask Trek at Hoggard Lawn (Fan Jam Location), 9 p.m. o Doors Open at Trask Coliseum, 9 p.m. o Midnite Madness Celebration (Trask Coliseum) · Giveaway Item: Glow Bracelet with Together We Fly (1500) · MC Intro (Foz from Z107.5 and Craig Thomas from Sunny 104.5) · Dance Team, Sammy and Teams Perform · Physical Grafetti · Recognize Trask Trek Students as RHA Throws out Midnite Madness Shirts · UNCW Pep Band · UNCW Cheerleaders · Bookstore Contest (books for a semester) · Dining Hall Tray Relay (Food Dollar Cards) · Two Guys Grille Contest (Food for a Year) · Team Introductions · Teams Warm-Up · Three Ball Contest · Three-Point shooting contest · Slam Dunk Contest o Fan Jam, 11 p.m. (Hoggard Hall lawn) · Three Inflatables, Cotton Candy, Water and Cups