HAYS, KS -- A special ceremony will take place just before the 3 p.m. tip-off this Sunday for the men's basketball game between the Fort Hays State University Tigers and the Emporia State University Hornets.
Athletes from each of FHSU's varsity teams will parade to the center of the court in Gross Memorial Coliseum to show off new Centennial patches that adorn their uniforms. Fort Hays State University was founded in 1902 as an auxiliary of the state "normal" school that is now Emporia State. Fort Hays State will celebrate its Centennial throughout the calendar year of 2002. All the varsity athletes will wear the Centennial patches in competition during the Centennial.
The ceremony also will include brief remarks from Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president, about the long and storied history of athletics at the university. Jason Holt, Grants Pass, OR, graduate student and assistant coach of the women's volleyball team, will conclude the ceremony by singing both the university's Alma Mater and the National Anthem.
"The contest with Emporia State is the perfect time to do this," Hammond said, "because the Hornets are one of our oldest and fiercest rivals. I really encourage everyone to arrive at least 15 or 20 minutes early to find a good seat and enjoy this brief ceremony."