UNCW Seahawks reach out to the business community

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Submitted: Thu, 01/03/2013 - 3:31am
Updated: Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:29am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Despite more than 3,300 cheering Seahawk fans, the cash box was not overflowing at UNC Wilmington tonight.

It was Business Appreciation Night at Trask Coliseum, and members of the business community were invited to enjoy a game on the house.

“We’re asking folks to give to the Seahawk Club for our scholarship fund,” UNCW Athletic Director Jimmy Bass said. “We’re asking for corporate sponsors through marketing.”

UNCW reached out to the Wilmington business community Wednesday with a business appreciation night. The university invited nearly 1,200 business people and their families to see the Seahawks play free.

“This is our first time and the university is such a tremendous asset to the community and we want to take advantage,” new Seahawk fan Kristen Shaheen said.

The event comes at a time when the annual scholarship bill is at nearly $2 million, but the Seahawk Club could only contribute $950,000 in 2012.

“We’re doing as much as we can to give people a reason to invest in our Seahawk athletic program,” Bass said.

Earlier this year, Bass told the StarNews men’s basketball was the only area that did not meet ticket sales goals. A fifth losing season in six years and a postseason ban only served to make things worse.

Now the university is on a mission not only to bring in funds, but to once again restore Seahawk spirit.

“I think it’s important to remember it’s not just donations, while any university is going to love financial donations,” Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Partnerships Jenni Harris said. “There are other things, too. We just need their support. We want to paint the town teal.”

UNCW fell to Towson. The Tigers narrowly beat the Seahawks 79-74.


  • SurfCityTom says:

    you should share the message with the Coach and solicit his support by racking up a few more wins.

    How much does Buzz Peterson earn annually?

    With all of the hype at his arrival, I think fans were expecting better results.

  • Vog46 says:

    Where personalities can sometimes make a difference!
    Who remembers any one player from Dukes last Championship season?
    But you remember Coach K don’t you?
    Who can remember the players from Tarheel basketball? But we all remember Dean Smith.
    Same goes for Bobby Knight

    But down here at UNCW’s level – which, face it, is FAR below UNC or Duke or Indianna – a different society exists. Winning is more important than the name of the coach – BUT – alumni want that named coach – they want the program to have that “notoriety” that a name coach brings to the program – and the convince the Chancellor to spend outrageous sums of money in the hope that this “name” coach can breathe new life into a program. Perhaps get some endorsement deals or local TV time or perhaps dare we dream – an NCAA bid.

    We are a third tier college level team here and we don’t win enough. I would hope that out Chancellor knows this and recognizes UNCW for what it should be recognized for. Higher education – first and foremost.
    “We should be concentrating on scholastics rather than this absurd buffoonery”
    (A quote from Vog’s High School Physics teacher who was trying to calm the class down after beating our rival High school in basketball for the first time in years the night prior. He probably got the quote from some body else).


  • taxpayer says:

    “Earlier this year, Bass told the StarNews men’s basketball was the only area that did not meet ticket sales goals. A fifth losing season in six years and a postseason ban only served to make things worse.”

    Pretty much says it all.

  • Guest1225 says:

    Perhaps the price of the men’s game tickets should be considered as well. I know this was about fund raising but how do you expect great turnout when the typical family in this area is priced out of attending the game?

  • SurfCityTom says:

    that should be true regardless of level.

    Look at last night’s football game. Five years from now, where will they be?

    Who will be better prepared to face the world and be self supporting?

    Notre Dame, which despite its athletic success, still places an emphasis on graduation; and graduates get honest to goodness degrees in real curriculums.

    What’s the graduation rate at Bama? Exclude those heading to the Pros and large gauranteed contracts, what happens to the rest? Even Joe Namath left, after 4 years without a degree and only got an honorary degree 30 some years later.

    Folks forget the student comes first in “student athlete”.

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