Promotions, Giveaways, Game-Day Activities Highlight Basketball Schedule

Youngstown, Ohio – The Youngstown State University Athletics Department is set to host 25 men’s and women’s basketball games at Beeghly Center for the upcoming 2011-12 season.  This year’s promotional schedule features give-away items and numerous new game-day contests. 

Fan giveaways planned for the season include schedule magnets, Penguin Koozies, stadium cups, Pete & Penny Penguin activity books and basketball team pictures.  In addition to the give-away items, there will be a day of interactive activities for fans.

YSU will host the annual Kids’ Fun Day, presented by Panera Bread, on January 28, prior to the men’s and women’s doubleheader.  The events will take place three hours prior to tip-off in the Stambaugh Stadium gymnasiums.  Kids’ Fun Day is free and open to children and adults of all ages. 

Activities will include bounce-a-round games, basketball and other skill games, clowns, face painting, Pete & Penny and free ticket giveaways.   Area school and youth-group leaders may contact the YSU Athletic Marketing Office at (330) 941-7227 about complimentary game tickets to the event.  In addition, there will be a post-game autograph session following the men’s and women’s games on that day.

Season-long game day activities will be highlighted by on-court contests featuring the Belleria Big Pizza Toss sponsored by Belleria Pizza & Italian Restaurants, Lariccia’s Italian Market Basketball Shuffle Board Game, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels X&O Basketball Game and the FastSigns Giant Corn Hole Contest.

In addition, several area dance studios and school cheer squads are set to perform at YSU home games this fall.  The Coca-Cola Coaches Corner returns for the 12th season, sponsored by Youngstown Coca-Cola.  Area youth teams, schools and youth groups may contact YSU about complimentary game tickets to select YSU home games.

The YSU women open the season on at West Virginia in a 6:30 p.m. game.  The women’s first home game will be on Monday, Nov. 21 against American University at 7:05 p.m.  The YSU men open their campaign on Saturday at Samford in an 8 p.m. tipoff.  All games will be broadcast live on WKBN 570 AM.  The men’s first home game is on Tuesday, Nov. 15 against Notre Dame (OH) College at 7:05 p.m.

Fans can follow YSU basketball and receive ticket information all season on YSUsports.com, follow on twitter @ysusports, like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ysusports or by calling 330-941-1YSU.