This Wednesday, Feb. 11th, Stony Brook’s Women’s Basketball Team will be taking on UMBC at the Island Federal Credit Union Arena, in hopes that this will be their fifth win in a row against the Retrievers.
New head coach Caroline McCombs will be helping the women’s basketball team lead to victory. High expectations will be held against McCombs after helping 11 of 15 teams reach the NCAA Tournament or WNIT as an assistant coach, prior to Stony Brook.
The game will have a handful of promotions going on.
Jamba Juice will be giving a 250 smoothie give away. Energy Fitness will be giving away cinch bags to the first 500 attendees. In honor of Play4Kay and Greek Night, sorority members are encouraged to wear PINK to the game to raise women’s cancer awareness.
Stony Brook is hosting Battle of USGs Night as well. Students who swipe their ID cards at the door will earn points for their undergraduate college.
At one point of the game one student will be selected to participate in the Alumni/Student Fan Contest. Each participant will take home a prize courtesy of the Stony Brook Alumni Association.
There will also be a two free ticket give away to anybody who has a pink manicure, pedicure or hair extension at a Cactus Salon and Spa in Stony Brook, St. James, Smithtown, Port Jefferson Station and East Setauket.
It seems to be an eventful night and a lot of lucky winners. I know I wouldn’t be too disappointed, everyone likes to win free stuff, no?
So why is this the ideal event to attend for a mobile journalist? For starters it is a sports event, meaning it is a developmental process the entire time. Consistent plays and scores are occurring, half time shows, foul plays, fans shouting and cheering and the possibility of witnessing a momentum shot. You have a source of sharing these constant changes at the tips of your fingers. Whether it being photos, videos and interviews of players and attendees. As well as their reactions and emotions.
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Given most sporting events are crowded and rowdy, it’s much more easier to have this five-inch hand held device rather than lugging around a video camera, worrying about managing your way through crowds. As well as a visit to the chiropractor.
It is also a public event. There are no restrictions, cameras and photos are allowed, if anything encouraged.
All in one word: convenience.
It seems Stony Brook Athletics has a hold on social media advantages as well. On the Stony Brook Women’s Basketball site there are even Twitter posts, hashtags and handles encouraged to be tweeted throughout the game.
Here are some examples given:
- .@StonyBrookWBB is hosting #Play4Kay Night to raise women’s cancer awareness #beLIeve
- .@StonyBrookWBB shot a season-best 55.3% at UMBC Jan. 14.
- The Seawolves are giving away cinch bags from Energy Fitness and smoothies from @JambaJuice #beLIeve #freestuff
Other networks will be covering the game as well. ESPN 3 will be there to provide live streaming and instant replays. Reaching fans globally from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Chile, the Middle East, New Zealand and Europe.
I would even suggest anybody who is sharing the game via Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram to hashtag #ESPN3 or use their handle in their posts as well. Network with other networks, especially those who have a global fan base.
So purchase your tickets now, get those smart phones out and tweet away!
See you at the game!