In an innovative attempt to share information and create a collegiate atmosphere, representatives from Fort Hays State University will attend the season opening varsity basketball games between Wichita High School North and Kapaun-Mt. Carmel Catholic High School on Friday night in the North High gymnasium.
FHSU representatives will include cheerleaders, the Victor E. Tiger mascot and the Trash Can Band, a student group that uses trash can lids and other improvised instruments to produce rousing music.
FHSU representatives will be stationed at tables in the gym to pass out information about the university and to answer general questions about higher education. Also, the university is providing free popcorn that will be handed out at the concession stand in FHSU cups, and there will be a drawing for a free iPod.
The FHSU cheerleaders will perform at halftime of the varsity girls' game, and the Trash Can Band will perform at halftime of the varsity boys' game. The cheerleaders will paint faces during the evening and will toss FHSU T-shirts into the crowd during time-outs in both games.
Earlier in the day, representatives from the Alumni Association will visit the two high schools to give "goody bags" containing snacks and university memorabilia to teachers and administrators who are FHSU alumni. The Alumni Association representatives will also attend the basketball games to greet FHSU alumni.
The FHSU delegation will visit Garden City on Dec. 9 for the varsity basketball games between Garden City and Derby High Schools, and Abilene on Jan. 9 for the varsity basketball games between Abilene and Chapman High Schools.