The rafters rang at the Panzer Athletic Center on the
evening of November 12 as hundreds of cheering Montclair State University
students turned out for Red Hawk Madness, the kick-off event for the 2013-2014
Students came from across the campus to meet and welcome the
men’s and women’s basketball teams and to take part in the festivities which
included free t-shirts, food, prize giveaways and entertainment by the
Complexions Band Dance Team, the Montclair State University Cheerleaders and
the Montclair State Pep Band.
“The huge student turnout and active participation at the
Red Hawk Madness event symbolizes the vibrant campus life at Montclair State,”
says Executive Director of Residential Education John Delate, one of the
organizers of the event. “The positive energy permeated Panzer gymnasium and will
help propel the women’s and men's basketball teams to successful seasons.”
The two teams made their appearance and put on
a shooting and dunking show for the crowd before they were joined by some lucky
prize-winners who got to go out on the floor with the teams and try their hand
at shooting three-pointers.
“Red Hawk Madness was a tremendous success,” says Director
of Intercollegiate Athletics Holly Gera, the co-organizer of the event. “Our
basketball teams were thrilled with the attendance and the support. Hopefully
we will see as many fans at the games!”
Newly introduced at Red Hawk Madness was a supporters
club called “The Red Hawk Zone,” which is open to all Montclair State students.
Members of the Red Hawk Zone supporters club will receive notification of
specially designated Red Hawk Zone games and be eligible for giveaways and
“We have seen a great increase in school spirit this past
semester,” says Gera. “I think our freshmen have brought a great deal of energy
and enthusiasm for campus life.”
View photos at Red Hawk Madness.