Oct. 19, 2009
STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State alumni Malone and Amy Mitchell have announced they are offering all current OSU students the chance to win customized Vespas in a move that will continue to raise the level of student interest and participation in OSU's winter sports.
At every basketball game and wrestling event this academic year in Gallagher-Iba Arena, student ticket holders will be eligible to win a variety of Vespa S50's, including ones that are orange with customized OSU logos, special coach's editions and a "Think Pink" special breast cancer awareness edition. Counting all 2009-10 home men's and women's basketball games and wrestling duals, as many as 43 of the popular scooters will soon be cruising around campus.
The Mitchells, who rank among the university's most generous all-time donors, originally brought the idea to the OSU administration as a way to drive student interest and attendance.
"We're grateful to the Mitchells for reaching out to the students through the athletic department," said Mike Holder, OSU's Director of Athletics. " They understand that students are the heart of the university and a great way to keep the students connected to the university after graduation is through athletics."
Students must be currently enrolled at OSU and must be present at the event to win.
The following information regards how students will be entered into the drawing for the Vespa giveaways:
Men's basketball student ticket holders will be scanned upon entry of GIA. Names will be drawn at halftime and the Vespa will be given away in the second half of each game.
Women's basketball game attendee's will scan their student ID cards at the Orange Rewards table each game in the east lobby. Names will be drawn at halftime and the Vespa will be given away in the second half of each game.
Wrestling dual attendees will scan their student ID cards at the Orange Rewards table in the east lobby, and entries will be randomly drawn before the final match of every home dual.
The OSU men's basketball team, which has 18 home dates during the 2009-10 season, opens the year at home on Nov. 7 with an exhibition game against UCO, while the women tip off Nov. 10 against Washburn in the first of at least 17 home games this season. The Cowboy wrestling team's first home dual is scheduled for Nov. 20 against Arizona State, the first of seven matches in GIA this season.
The first Vespa was given away Friday night at the annual "Homecoming & Hoops" pep rally at Gallagher-Iba Arena.