From Scott Garrett’s Desk: March 2022 Update

Viking fans:

It’s March! Which means March Madness and playoff excitement has arrived. We look forward to the year-end success of our winter sports competing over the next few weeks. Please review these details and other service updates below.

HORIZON LEAGUE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
After highly successful regular season campaigns that earned accolades in all conferences for both women’s basketball and men’s basketball, we’re thrilled to host a Horizon League Quarter-Final on Thursday night with D’Moi , Torrey, Tre, Deante, Nadia, Destiny and all their exceptional teammates.

Thanks to a generous Viking Fund member, a limited number of free tickets are available by CLICKING HERE while supplies last.

Please consider joining us at the Wolstein Center for another chance to cheer on our outstanding student-athletes in basketball.

In the event of quarterfinal victories, the teams will travel to Indianapolis for the semifinals and championship games on March 7 and 8. Tickets are available HERE.

And, as we continue to build momentum in the stands at Wolstein Center, subscriptions for the 2022-23 men’s basketball season are already available. Tickets start at just $50 each and include exclusive perks reserved for season pass holders. To purchase season passes, please contact the box office at 216-687-4848.

Stay tuned for more details on post-season play beyond the Horizon League Championships later next week!

GIVING DAY SUCCESS
Speaking of the Viking Fund, our 9and CSU’s annual Giving Day was a huge success! More than 2,200 fans, friends, alumni and supporters joined in contributing a record $385,000 to our 18 athletic programs and CSU Athletics. We are thrilled with the continued growth of Giving Day and your support!

If you missed donating on February 16, you can still donate to the Viking Fund or one of our ongoing campaigns including Wrestling Weight Class Champions, Busbey Natatorium Upgrades and more again.

STUDENT-ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT
As NCAA rules evolve and now provide student-athletes with new opportunities to earn income using their name, image, likeness and personal marks, we are excited to work with the Center for Innovation and entrepreneurship from Monte Ahuja College of Business on a pilot program. titled “Every Athlete is a Startup”. The initial cohort includes student-athletes Cole Anderson (lacrosse), Adam Clark (lacrosse), Chelsea Penfield (volleyball), Derek Radke (lacrosse), Jason Sullivan (lacrosse) and Charlie Williams (lacrosse). As students become more adept at navigating these new opportunities, we will share best practices with our entire body of student-athletes to put them in the best possible position to enjoy greater flexibility while remaining focused on championship level performance in the classroom. , in community and in competition.

WINTER SPORTS CONCLUSION
Congratulations to Coach Burandt and Swimming & Diving for a successful conclusion to their season, highlighted by Senior Timmy Kubacki being named Horizon League Student-Athlete of the Year!

Congratulations to Coach Griffith, who was able to join our men’s and women’s fencing programs in a conference championship competition on her first weekend in Cleveland!

Good luck to Coach Moore and the wrestling program as they kick off at the MAC Wrestling Championships on Friday. Several wrestlers are set to win bids for the NCAA Wrestling Championships later this month.

CLEVELAND (AND CSU) SHINE FOR THE NBA ALL STAR GAME
As our family approaches 3 years of living in NEO, we join other Clevelandians in showing our pride in our city and region. It was amazing to feel the buzz that spread through Cleveland last week as the Cavaliers hosted NBA All-Star Weekend.

CSU was fortunate to organize a number of events here at the Wolstein Center and we are proud to play a role in showcasing Cleveland and our campus to a national audience.

Congratulations to all those who contributed to the success of this weekend!

EVENTS TO COME
A few opportunities to see our spring sports in action on campus include Lacrosse (3/13 vs. St. Bonaventure and 3/26 vs. VMI), Men’s Tennis (3/3 vs. Toledo and Holy Cross, 3/26 vs. NKU ), women’s tennis (3/23 against Niagara) and softball (3/18 and 3/19 against Purdue Fort Wayne, 3/25 and 3/26 against NKU).

Thank you for your support of the 345 student-athletes in the 18 Viking sports programs. Please contact ([email protected]) with your questions, comments, and feedback. We look forward to hearing from you.

Go Vikes!

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