FORT MYERS, Fla. - For the fourth consecutive year, FGCU Athletics will commence the start of a new school year by hosting the Eagle Revolution in Alico Arena on Monday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. With nearly 2,000 Dirty Birds already signed up, a record crowd of FGCU students are expected to attend to meet and interact with the student-athletes and coaches who have been instrumental in FGCU’s nine team and individual NCAA Championship appearances over the last two years, capped by men’s basketball’s run to the Sweet 16 in March.
At 5:30, doors open to the Dirty Birds, and Moe’s mini burritos will be available. Each pre-registered Dirty Bird can pick up their swag pack, featuring the official Dirty Bird shirt, membership card, sunglasses, lanyard and sticker, all packed into a drawstring Dirty Bird bag. More than 1,800 incoming freshmen pre-registered for the Dirty Birds during summer orientation, a number that is more than double last year’s membership.
The main event begins at 7 and will include free food for all students and special performances from Tampa natives DJ Charlie Chase and MC Kyle Jackson of Party 101 Productions. Students will have a chance to win a 32’’ LCD TV, iPad, Nintendo Wii, Beats By Dr. Dre Headphones, a photo with the men’s basketball team’s “Biggest Upset” ESPY and bookstore money. Students must be present to win the prizes and have a current FGCU Eagle ID.
Student-athletes and the head coaches from FGCU’s 15 programs will be introduced, while new men’s basketball coach Joe Dooley will have his first chance to address the student body. Women’s basketball coach Karl Smesko and Dooley will both invite a lucky winner to take a series of shots, including a lay-up, free throw, 3-point and half-court shot, for a chance to win a custom Dunk City Ford Mustang, generously underwritten by Coconut Point Ford. If the winner prefers, $30,000 in education or cash is also an option.
“This sponsored shot is a new addition to the event this year,” said Denise Da Silveira, Director of Corporate Sales and Marketing. “It has been a fun item to promote this summer.”
The Dunk City Mustang was featured in the Naples 4th of July parade, where Sherwood Brown made a special appearance. Both Brown – who was named the Atlantic Sun’s Player of the Year last season – and Eddie Murray will be on hand to put on a performance which will make the #DunkCity faithful proud.
“Eagle Revolution will set the tone for this upcoming school year,” said SGA president Juan Cubillo. “Incoming freshmen will understand why FGCU was the right choice, and upperclassmen will feel how incredible it is to graduate from this university. At Eagle Revolution we will cheer, chant and yell together. And I want it to be an example to our student body that together, our spirit is what will make this year special.”
Eagle Revolution was first introduced in the fall of 2010 and has become an integral feature of Welcome Week with help from the Student Government Association, Resident Housing and Student Life. Eagle Revolution is geared toward welcoming students to campus, promoting campus unity and building school spirit. FGCU has won a combined 30 conference regular season and tournament titles in just six Division-I seasons as a member of the A-Sun and Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association.
“The Revolution is a high-energy event and a great way to start the school year,” said Smesko, who has guided his program to six straight D-I postseason appearances. “It is important for our students to know how much we appreciate their support at our events.”
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, Self-Insured Plans, Wholesale Screen Printers, Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites/FGCU and Coconut Point Ford.
For updates and interaction leading up to, and during, the event, use the hashtag #EagleRevolution on Twitter and follow @FGCUEagles and @FGCUDirtyBirds.