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Family Weekend coming Oct. 17-19

Posted 10/07/14

The comedic basketball stylings of the Harlem Wizards, a sing-along screening of the smash movie “Frozen” and the recognition of accomplished athletes and alumni will be among the highlights of Fitchburg State University’s Family Weekend, being held Friday, Oct. 17 through Sunday, Oct. 19.

The Harlem Wizards bring their Slamtastic Tour to the Athletics and Recreation Center, 130 North St., at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. At the game, fans will see amazing basketball talent combined with hilarious comedy. The athleticism, tricks, fancy teamwork and ball-handling wizardry, plus wild dunks not even seen in NBA games, engages and wows the most avid hoops fans. The comedy is for everybody. The Wizards look to push the envelope on fun, combining pre-planned comedic acts with spontaneous humor that fans of all ages will find laugh out loud funny. The halftime show with hundreds of kids on the court, plus the postgame interaction with the Wizards who stay until every autograph is signed, is the cherry on top.  Admission is free.

Earlier Saturday, Oct. 18, there will be a sing-along screening of Disney’s Frozen at 3 p.m. in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Popcorn, snacks and other activities will complement the screening, where visitors are encouraged to lend their voices. Admission is free.

The annual Fun Fair will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Elliot Field (or Hammond Hall in the event of rain). Student clubs, organizations, and sports teams will be hosting a variety of fundraising booths with giveaways and activities like cotton candy, fried dough, popcorn, a traveling magician, balloon animals, food, a petting zoo, and more. The fun fair will also host the Alternative Spring Break silent auction, where goodie and survival baskets will be available for bidding in support of the university’s annual spring break trip to build a home for Habitat for Humanity. Bidding starts at noon Friday, Oct. 17 at Hammond Hall, where winners will be announced at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The weekend also spotlights the Fitchburg State Falcons, who will be in competition all day Saturday. The football team will take on Western Connecticut State at noon at Elliot Field, and the men’s soccer team faces Framingham State at 6 p.m., also at Elliot Field. There will also be an alumnae women’s softball game at 1:30 p.m. at the Donna Lee-Withington Memorial Field at Coolidge Park. All alumnae that played softball during their time at Fitchburg State University are welcome back to play in (or watch) the alumnae vs. current Falcons game. A coach’s meet-and-greet will follow the game. Alumnae are asked to register online at support.fitchburgstate.edu/eventregistration.

Also Friday, Fitchburg State will hold its biannual Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 6 p.m. in the main lounge at Hammond Hall. Every two years, former student athletes, coaches, teams, and individuals who made outstanding contributions to athletics at Fitchburg State University are chosen for induction into the Fitchburg State University Athletics Hall of Fame. This year one team and four athletes are being honored at the invitation-only event.

The recognitions continue Saturday, Oct. 18, when the university holds its annual Gold Key Ceremony and Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. in Hammond Hall. This year the university will honor alumni from the class of 1964, recognizing the collective achievements from that year’s graduates. Guests may register online at support.fitchburgstate.edu/eventregistration.

A full list of events, and how to get tickets, can be found online at fitchburgstate.edu/campus-life/get-involved/osd/office-of-student-development-family-weekend.

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