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Second Annual Tip-Off Tailgate to be Held Jan. 12
Food and fun was had by all at last year's inaugural Tip-off Tailgate
 
Food and fun was had by all at last year's inaugural Tip-off Tailgate
 

Jan. 3, 2013

The Department of Athletics is proud to announce the second annual Tip-Off Tailgate (#DukesTipOff) which will be held prior to the men's basketball Atlantic 10 home opener versus Saint Joseph's on Saturday, January 12th at 7:00 pm in the A.J. Palumbo Center.

Over 15 student organizations are sponsoring the event which won NACMA's $1000 Idea Award in 2011. The event is intended to serve as a "welcome back" event to engage the campus community and increase school spirit. This year's event includes an entire student-run marketing campaign the week of the event, a banner competition between all participating organizations, a donation drive for Duquesne troops overseas and a Dinner with the Dukes pre-event.

Representatives from multiple student organizations have been delegated as point people for various grassroots initiatives on campus, spearheaded by SGA President, Zach Zeigler.

"I am excited to see this tailgate happen again because it is important," said Zeigler. "Not only does it help get everyone pumped up to cheer our men's Dukes basketball team, but it also pulls together many different student organizations to collaborate on an award winning event to help foster more Duquesne P.R.I.D.E. on our bluff!"

The banners for those participating in the banner competition can be picked up beginning Monday, January 7th at the Center for Student Involvement (Room 305, Student Union) between the hours of 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, until Friday, January 11th. There will be banners available for pick up at the Dinner with the Dukes event as well. The banners should promote Duquesne school spirit and your organization in a positive manner. Submissions are due to Nicole Bucholtz in Athletics no later than Saturday, January 12th by 3:00pm in the A.J. Palumbo Center. Banners will be judged by Duquesne Alumni and the winner will be announced in-game.

A donation drive, run by the Student Veterans Association for Duquesne University Troops that are currently overseas, will be held the entire week of the event (beginning Monday, January 7th) and collections will be taken through Saturday, January 12th. Items requested are: books/magazines, Mio Energy, non-perishable food items (tuna packs, beef jerky, dried fruit, nuts, sunflower seeds), individual packets of flavor enhancers for water (Crystal Light, Kool-Aid, etc.), batteries (AA, AAA), gum, mints, Lifesavers, candy, Pop Tarts, protein bars, granola bars, decks of cards, stationary for writing, aspirin, Motrin, Tylenol, hand sanitizing wipes, sun block and Chapstick. Duquesne students will also be making cards and letters during the tailgate to send over to Duquesne students currently serving our country abroad.

 

 

Dinner with the Dukes will be held on Thursday, January 10th at 7:00 pm in the NightSpot and is an opportunity for students on campus to have a Q&A session with the coaches and team, get some free food and get into the spirit for the upcoming game!

The game will also be a RED OUT! Fans in attendance get Red T-Shirts courtesy of UPMC Health Plan, UPMC Sports Medicine and Trib-Total Media for attending the game. This game also marks the beginning of Student Shirt Saturdays - every Saturday home game the athletics department is giving out a different t-shirt for students that attend the game. Those games include January 19th against VCU at CONSOL Energy Center, February 9th against Xavier at CONSOL Energy Center, February 16th versus Rhode Island at the Palumbo Center, and February 23rd versus St. Bonaventure at the Palumbo Center.

The sponsoring organizations include; Alpha Sigma Tau, Center for Student Involvement, Circle K, Commuter Council, Delta Zeta, Division of Student Life, Duquesne Athletics, Duquesne Program Council, Gamma Sigma Sigma, International Student Organization, Junior Class Council, Office of Orientation, Red & Blue Crew, Residence Hall Association, Student Government Association and Student Veterans Association.

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