WICHITA – Wichita State and Newman University will stage a men’s basketball charity exhibition game on Monday, Nov. 6 at Charles Koch Arena with a 7 p.m. tipoff.
Proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross to benefit hurricane and other disaster relief efforts.
“This game combines two things that Wichitans are passionate about – basketball and helping others in need,” WSU head coach Gregg Marshall said. “We hope it’s an event that not only Shockers and Jets, but our entire community can rally around.”
Newman — an NCAA Division II member — is located in West Wichita, just eight miles from the WSU campus. The programs have met four times previously, twice in exhibitions and twice during the regular season, most recently during the 2014-15 season.
“We’re excited for this awesome opportunity to come together with Wichita State to benefit hurricane relief,” said Vic Trilli, Newman Director of Athletic and Vice President of Student Affairs. “Service is at the heart of Newman University’s mission, and this is a great chance to bring that mission to our community.”
Newman head coach R.J. Allen added: “We’re looking forward to having our guys play in a great atmosphere against one of the best teams in the country, knowing that it’s all for a worthy cause.”
Visit Wichita will partner with the schools to help promote the game and maximize proceeds.
“With heavy hearts, we’ve all seen the devastation which has resulted from various recent natural disasters, and now, as a community we have an opportunity to help our friends in other cities affected by these tragic events,” said Susie Santo, President and CEO of Visit Wichita. “We encourage everyone to come out, enjoy a showdown between two local teams, kick off a great season of basketball and support a great cause.”
Tickets are priced at $15 and $20 each.
WSU season ticket holders have first opportunity to purchase their regular seats and may use their normal SASO parking lots. Primary account holders will receive an email with further instructions.
Any unclaimed tickets go on sale to the general public at 8 a.m. Saturday morning through the GoShockers.com ticket page. Fans may also purchase through the Shockers Ticket Office, by phone (316-978-FANS) or in person, during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WSU students will have access to their regular allotment of free tickets, with pickup beginning Monday, Oct. 30.
University Mission Statements:
The mission of Wichita State University “is to be an essential educational, cultural and economic driver for Kansas and the greater public good.” The core values of Wichita State University are “to seize opportunities, success for all stakeholders, diversity of culture, thought and experience, adaptive approaches, and teamwork and positive risk-taking.”
The core values of Newman University include a Catholic identity, academic excellence, a culture of service and having a global perspective.
About Visit Wichita:
Visit Wichita markets the greater Wichita area as a major convention and tourism destination, thereby enhancing the economic development of the city, county, region and state. Visit Wichita is led by president and CEO Susie Santo, and in 2016 travel and tourism contributed more than $1 billion in economic impact to the greater Wichita area.