Women's Basketball Bowls for Kids Sake with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Florida
Friday, September 21, 2007

Fort Myers, Fla. - The FGCU women’s basketball team participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Florida “Bowl For Kids Sake” fundraising event on Sept. 15 at Gator Lanes. The event included “Lights Out” bowling (dimmed lights, strobe lights and colored lighting), food, music and silent & live auctions. Participants of the event helped raise over $20,000, which will go directly towards our community and school-based mentoring programs.

“Bowl for Kids Sake has been a national fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters for more than 20 years,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Florida CEO Diane Connell. “The money raised goes directly towards establishing one-to-one mentoring relationships between caring adults and kids in need.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the largest provider of one-to-one youth mentoring services in the United States. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Florida, a United Way agency, has been bringing caring adults into the lives of children for more than 30 years and is the only one-to-one youth mentoring program in Southwest Florida. It serves children in Lee, Collier, Hendry and Glades counties.

"This was a great event for our players to get involved with," said Head Coach Karl Smesko. "Our student-athletes realize the importance of being active in the community, and they use their time in the spotlight wisely by giving back to the community that supports them."

The Eagles return two starters and six letter-winners from last year’s 34-1 team. The Eagles first appearance on the hardwood this season will be October 12, for a Tip-Off Madness which will begin at 9:00 pm in Alico Arena.

FGCU opens the season on Nov. 9, when they welcome Florida State into Alico Arena. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.