BIG RAPIDS - "Operation Giveaway" is more than a promotion designed to drive fans to Jim Wink Arena for Ferris State University's home regular-season finales for the women's and men's basketball teams.
Associate Athletics Director Jon Coles is hopeful that "Operation Giveaway" will bring smiles to the faces of a lot of fans who visit Wink for the basketball games on Feb. 27. On that date, the Bulldogs are hosting Wayne State University. The women's game starts at 1 p.m. while the men's game tips off at 3 p.m. Of course, Ferris students are admitted to Bulldog basketball games for free. For this event, children (who will get a kick out of playing in the inflatable bounce house and maybe participating in the ever-popular game of Chase the Bulldogs) get free admissions with one paid adult.
"Operation Giveaway is our way of saying thanks to both the student body and community," Coles said. "We've had tremendous crowds and support throughout the year and this is an opportunity for us to express our appreciation."
Obviously, the primary goal is to fill the arena with fans hungry for good Division II basketball. Another major goal is to give something back to the fans that have supported the Ferris student-athletes and their programs.
Competition is not just for the basketball teams. Free transportation will be provided (charter bus) from the FSU residence halls to Wink. And, yes, there is something in it for students who represent their residence halls. A new ping pong table will be awarded to the hall with the highest overall attendance at the event.
Here are items listed as part of "Operation Giveaway" on Feb. 27:
Visit the "Operation Giveaway" Web site, set up by the Ferris Athletics Communications office, for the full list of giveaways as part of the event, here.
- Ten $500 Scholarships (chances double by attending both games)
- First 500 fans get a rally towel
- Free transportation for students to and from Wink Arena
- New ping pong table to residence hall with best attendance
- "Four Free Wings" Coupons to everyone from Buffalo Wild Wings
- Twenty $10 gift cards compliments of Buffalo Wild Wings
- $300 worth of Meijer Gift Cards
- Tanning packages