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New competition promotes fan support and free prizes
BY BRITTANY MURDOCK
Is there anything better than sports and food? For
some that is an easy answer, but others like Bryan Jones,
coordinator of sports marketing, would beg to differ.
Jones created a program for students to win free
pizza for a year by attending as many sporting events as
"I went to Elon University for a soccer game a couple of
weeks ago and they announced a very similar program,"
said Jones. "When I put this together, it was more or less
for students to have an incentive to come out to games."
All athletic coaches received information about the
new program and the Guilford Athletics Facebook page
-is currently blooming with details on how to participate.
Students, especially athletes on sports teams, are also
doing their share of getting the word around.
"I heard about this program at the athletic meeting for
athletes," said first-year football player Chris Campolieta.
"I've told people about it and they seemed interested and
excited. Fm definitely trying to get the word out there."
The program is based on a point system. Students will be
able to rack points up for each game attended. The points
"A lot of the people come to the gomes
now. The program is a booster to the
Ton base. The ployers love to see people
in the stands and it adds energy to the
Chris Gillespie, sophomore soccer player
awarded will be greater for bigger games and games with
rivalry teams. Extra points are awarded for arriving before
the game as well as attending double-headers.
"I love to support our school but I will be more
motivated to go to sporting events now," said sophomore
Jones brought the idea to Sports Information Director
David Walters to get his viewpoint for the new program.
"I thought it was a neat idea to help generate
greater interest among our students within the athletic
department," said Walters. "He was able to reach out to
local businesses to generate prizes."
The winner who collects the most points will win the
grand prize of free Papa John's Pizza for an entire year.
Several other great prizes will be awarded as well.
The second-place winner will win a $100 gift card to
East Coast Wings & Grill, followed by the third-place
winner with a $75 gift card to Zaxby's. Fourth place will
be awarded a two hour bowling package and fifth place
will win a $50 gift card to Salsarita's.
If that's not enough, there will also be random drawings
after each season as well as any games played against
Greensboro. There is already a difference in attendance
from last year due to the launch of this program.
"A lot of people come to the games now," said
sophomore soccer player Chris Gillespie. "The program
is a booster to the fan base. The players love to see people
in the stands and it adds energy to the game."
Be sure to sign in as well as sign out to get the total
amount of points possible. A sheet to sign in and out will
be available at the Information Center at each game.
Junior Casey Coxwell is an active participant in this
"I want the pizza," said Coxwell. "I have a list of all the
games and highlighted all the ones that I could attend.
I also check the Guilford Buzz to see which games are
double the points."
Whether students participate in the program or not, it is
always fun and exciting to grab some friends and attend
"Though winning the pizza prize would be a bonus for
me, I like going out to support Guilford whether we win
or lose," said first-year John Brvenik.
Papa Johns pizza for an entire year
$100 East Coast Wings & Grill gift card
$75 Zaxbys gift card
2-hour bowling party from Triad Lanes
$50 Salsarita’s gift card
(Above) First-year Kelsey Ruehling spikes the
ball during the match against Bridgewater College at
Greensboro College on Sept. 15. Guilford lost 0-3.
(Top left) The volleyball team huddles to discuss team
strategies against Bridgewater.
(Bottom left) Senior Sarah Levitt prepares to kick
the ball during the game against Bridgewater Sept. 15.
The final score was 0-1, Bridgewater.
(Left) Sophomore Chris Gillespie winds up for a
strike on Sept. IS.The men won against Washington
and Lee, 2-1.