[MICRO]GRANTS: Men's Basketball
The University of Scranton men’s basketball team has experienced the ultimate victory twice, having won national championships in 1976 and 1983. Since then, it has remained one of the elite programs in the NCAA Division III, evidenced by a run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in the spring of 2012.
With the “Wolfpack” student section and a diehard fan base, the men’s basketball home games are among the most popular events on campus. It’s easy to see why, as the Royals have made 24 NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the Elite Eight or further on six occasions. The team has captured the Landmark Conference championship in four of the past five seasons while averaging more than 20 wins per season during that time.
The Royals annually host the Radisson Invitational, a two-day, four-team tournament traditionally held at the start of the season, with three teams from the Northeast coming to Scranton to compete for the title. The tournament is quickly gaining a strong reputation as a top-notch early season event. The team also takes a semi-annual trip to play competition from across the country, most recently playing in Daytona Beach, Fla. in December 2011.
Gifts help support new uniform purchases, team travel and meal expenses, the semi-annual trip and other expenses to help the Royals remain one of the top programs in the region.
”Here at the University of Scranton, we hold our students to higher expectations,” said head coach, Carl Danzig. “This relentless pursuit of excellence instills in the young men and women of our community an attitude which drives them to success far beyond the campus, and our graduates are fully prepared to enter their respective fields and make an immediate impact. The same is true for our basketball team – we want our student-athletes to have championship-caliber goals, and every day we pursue excellence on the basketball court. After four years, our players are even more ready to enter the professional world, thanks to the unique skills that college basketball has given them: hard work, team building, time management, leadership skills, and not to mention the immeasurable value of life-long friendships.”
“In order to hold our players to championship-caliber goals and ultimately prepare them for their professional lives, we must first hold ourselves to the same level. Maintaining a championship-caliber program is difficult and expensive, and in order for our program to pursue excellence, we need your help. Any donation you make will go towards helping build our program for our student-athletes! Thank you, and go Royals!”
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Eric W. Eckenrode
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