Inside Marketing: Crawl Before Your Ball

On the first Monday of every month, a member of the Georgia State Marketing staff will give InsideGSUSports a look at what is going on in their department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming Wednesday: Panther Athletic Club.

Alright ladies and gentlemen, it is the time of the year for the fifth annual GSU Great Baby Race, and if you are like me and unfortunately missed the first-fourth annual baby races, then you are surely in for a treat.  You may be asking yourself, what this GSU Great Baby Race is all about, and I am here to answer all of your questions regarding the event.

The Great Baby Race is set for March 8 and will take place during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Western Kentucky.  Tip is set for 2:30 p.m. following the women’s basketball game at noon.  The race will take place on the court as babies compete on the 25-foot course, and the first baby to crawl across the finish line wins.  The catch is, any baby caught walking will be disqualified, so we encourage contestants only enter the race if their mobility level does not exceed crawling.  In order to be selected as a contestant, your child must be between nine and 18 months old.  Each contestant will be announced by nickname and jersey number prior to the start of the race so the fans can cheer on their favorite baby racer.  Every baby racer will take home a GSU onesie, and the winner for the GSU Great Baby Race will go home with a three-foot trophy and bragging rights for the year as they will be dubbed Atlanta’s fastest baby.

In addition to the baby race, the March 8 basketball games will be the final regular season games for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams.  Because they are also the last home games, it is time to honor our senior basketball players for their contribution to Georgia State basketball for the past four years.  In the women’s game, Kendra Long’s GSU career will be recognized and remembered, as she is the only senior on the women’s team.  In the men’s game, four seniors’ careers will be recognized: Denny Burguillos, Rashaad Richardson, Manny Atkins and Devonta White.

Because these games will be our final of the season, all fans will receive free admission to the men’s game with the purchase of a women’s single game ticket.  There will be a championship celebration after the men’s game due to them clinching first place in the Sun Belt Conference regular season with two big wins last week, and the first 1,000 fans to enter the Sports Arena will receive RUN SBC shirts!

Fans, a lot is going on for this last home game for both the men’s and women’s teams.  Don’t miss your chance to cheer on your Panthers in their final home games of the 2013/2014 basketball season.  Remember, both teams are #NOLAbound, and they want to finish the regular season strong so they can start the post season strong!

Go Panthers! #AllBlueAllIn

Katey McCandless

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