FORT MYERS, Fla. – For the third straight year, the FGCU athletic department will help the University’s students celebrate the start of the 2012-13 school year by hosting the Eagle Revolution in Alico Arena on Monday, August 20 beginning at 7 p.m. Last year, over 2,500 students create a postseason atmosphere at the kick-off event.
Aimed to welcome students to campus, promote campus unity and school spirit, while helping build student support for FGCU’s 15 Division athletic programs, the Eagle Revolution will feature the coaches and student-athletes that have helped the Eagles capture 14 Atlantic Sun regular season championships, four A-Sun Tournament tiles and four consecutive CCSA Swimming & Diving titles over the last five years in Division I. In 2011-12, FGCU completed one of the most successful transitions to the Division I level, advancing to the NCAA Tournament/Championships in six sports in its first year of postseason eligibility.
The Revolution will begin with the Dirty Bird VIP event from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and is exclusive to all students who preregistered for the season. Over 700 incoming freshman pre-registered for the Dirty Birds during summer orientation, a number that is up 300 from a year ago.
The $20 Dirty Bird membership includes the official student section t-shirt, which will be handed out at the event. Pre-registrants received the membership for $10 if joining during the summer months at the on-line store or at Eagle Orientation.
At the event the membership is still discounted and is $15 dollars. Dirty Birds receive exclusive invites to pregame tailgates and other prize giveaways. The Dirty Bird’s also have their own Facebook page and Twitter account with both using @FGCUDirtyBirds as the handle. The official Dirty Bird store can also be found on the Facebook page.
The main event of the night will begin at 7 p.m. and will include free food for all students and live music from South Florida’s Sekond Nature. Kyle Jackson of Party 101 Productions is the MC for the second year in a row. Students will have a chance to win a 32’’ LCD TV, iPad, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, Beats By Dr. Dre Headphones and bookstore money. Students must be present to win the prizes.
The Eagle Revolution was first introduced in the fall of 2010 and after a turnout of over 4,000 students in the last two years it was brought back by popular demand with expectations of continuing the momentum from a historic 2011-12 athletic year.
FGCU Student Government and Resident Housing are both working with athletics on the event.
“I want to see the student body population energized by this event,” said Student Body President Peter Cuderman. “This should be a time when students take some pride, cheer as loud as they can, and meet their coaches and athletes. Each year the number of attendees grows, but let’s make it something even more extraordinary this year. Go Eagles!”
Student-athletes and the head coaches from FGCU’s 15 Division I programs will be introduced, while men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield, women’s basketball coach Karl Smesko, baseball skipper Dave Tollett and softball coach David Deiros will address what expects to be a raucous crowd.
The Eagle Revolution is made possible thanks to its sponsors: Moe’s, Jason’s Deli, Calistoga, Tropical Smoothie, Pita Pitt, Beef O’Brady’s, Techtronics, Eagle News, Parr Media, Self-Insured Plans, Wholesale Screen Printers, Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites/FGCU and Coca-Cola.