Kids' Day, ACS Fundraiser To Highlight Saturday's Hoops Twinbill

Kids' Day, ACS Fundraiser To Highlight Saturday's Hoops Twinbill

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician College women's basketball program will hold its annual Junior Falcon Day, geared towards children in grades 1-8, during the Golden Falcons' home women's and men's games versus Goldey-Beacom College on Saturday, January 25. On the same afternoon, Felician's men's basketball team will sponsor a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Among the confirmed events for Saturday's Junior Falcon Day are a face-painting station, manned by volunteers from the Felician softball team, and an appearance by the Golden Falcon mascot. In-game contests and prizes, run by Felician's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, are also in the works for the 1 p.m. tip-off.

The men's team will be taking part in the NABC Coaches Vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Awareness Weekend, a national initiative sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The team will solicit gate donations during both games to benefit the American Cancer Society, and members of each school's women's and men's coaching staffs will wear sneakers with their suits to symbolize the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing one's risk of developing cancer.

Ticket prices for Saturday are $5 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens. Members of the Felician community (faculty, staff, students, alumni) are admitted free with proper identification. One ticket provides admission for both the women's game and the men's contest between the Golden Falcons and Lightning that follows at approximately 3 p.m.

Felician plays its home basketball games at Joal & Joe Job Gymnasium on its Rutherford Campus. Directions can be viewed at http://www.felicianathletics.com/information/directions. More information is available by contacting the department of athletics at (201) 559-3333 or MentoneM@felician.edu.

Junior Falcon Day is an offshoot of the NCAA's former "Take a Kid to the Game" (TAKG) program. TAKG began 18 years ago as a national grassroots effort to encourage adults to take children to NCAA sporting events. The program was discontinued nationally for basketball in 2011-12, but the Golden Falcon women have continued and re-branded the tradition at the institutional level.

The Coaches Vs. Cancer program is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the NABC. For more than 20 years, it has worked with coaches and their fans across the country to raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer. By wearing sneakers with their dress apparel, coaches provide a visual reminder that prevention is the key when it comes to blocking cancer before it strikes.