Monday, January 14, 2008

Women have noon start Tuesday vs. UMass

The Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball team is getting off to an early start in Atlantic 10 play. Not early as in time of the season, but rather time of the day.
The 49ers (10-7, 1-0) open their home conference schedule on Tuesday with a game at noon at Halton Arena against Massachusetts (8-7, 1-0) in what is being billed as "Education Day" on campus.
Charlotte’s athletics department has invited three local charter schools to the game -- Lake Norman Charter School, Charlotte Christian and Sugar Creek -- and students from the schools will participate in daylong informative and interactive events familiarizing them with the college experience.
More than 600 middle school students will take part in four sessions beginning at 9:30 a.m. After a welcome to campus by athletics director Judy Rose and women’s basketball coach Karen Aston, the students will take part in sessions regarding admissions, experiences of student-athletes, a campus tour and a "21st Century version" of gym class featuring a video by HOPSports.
They conclude their day with attendance at the 49ers’ game with UMass. Admission to the basketball game is free.