BOWLING GREEN, Ky --Lady Topper Basketball will host Georgia State on Wed. Jan. 8, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. CT. as part of the third "Spread the Red Education Game." Over 2,100 area school children from the Bowling Green Independent School District and schools from Glasgow and Logan Co., among others, including students in grades K-8, will be in attendance for the event, it was announced Tuesday morning during a press conference at E.A. Diddle Arena.
"We are excited to again welcome area students to E.A. Diddle Arena and the WKU campus for the Spread the Red Education Game," said WKU Director of Athletics Todd Stewart. "For many students, this may be the first time that they have been on our campus. I am glad we can welcome them into our school community through this women's basketball game as I think it will open the door to these young people learning about the educational opportunities available to them down the road right here in Bowling Green."
The game will mark the culmination of a month-long program between WKU Athletics and local schools, creating a synergy between education and athletics. Teachers will utilize historical statistics and biographical information on the student-athletes and teams as a learning mechanism by incorporating them into history, reading, math and geography lessons. Students will also learn and see firsthand the value of receiving an education and the importance of teamwork in achieving goals. While at the game, students will also have the chance to see the recently completed Hall of History, located on the second level of E.A. Diddle Arena, to learn more about the history of WKU Athletics and its impact on the university and community.
"One of the really neat things about this game is being able to show the young people not only what our team is capable of doing on the court, but what they are working towards off the court: completing their degree from WKU," said head coach Michelle Clark-Heard. "WKU is such an important part of this Bowling Green community and I am glad we have a chance to show these young people a few of the things that make it such a special place that I hold so dear as a graduate."
"The Bowling Green Independent School District is excited that many of our students will have the opportunity to attend the 2014 Lady Topper Spread the Red Education Day Game," said Superintendent Joe Tinius. "For many of our students it will be the first of what hope will be many opportunities to attend a variety of events on the WKU campus. Students will not only experience an NCAA Division I Women's Basketball game, but will also hear from student-athletes about the importance of their education today in preparation for college, receive information regarding the requirements to enroll in college and learn about the history of WKU, our community and country over the decades through the Halls of History in the arena. The Bowling Green Independent School District appreciates this opportunity and the ongoing strong working relationship we have with WKU."