FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU athletic department will help the University’s 13,000 students celebrate the start of the 2011-12 school year by hosting the second annual Eagle Revolution in Alico Arena on Monday night beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Aimed to welcome students to campus, promote campus unity and school spirit, while helping build student support for FGCU’s 14 Division athletic programs, the Eagle Revolution will feature the coaches and student-athletes that have helped the Eagles capture 10 Atlantic Sun regular season championships and three CCSA Swimming & Diving titles over the last four years in Division I.
The Revolution will begin with the Dirty Bird VIP event from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and is exclusive to all students who preregistered for the season. The $20 Dirty Bird membership includes the official student section t-shirt, which will be handed out at the event. Students can also sign up for a Dirty Bird membership at the event to be a part of the student fan base that receives exclusive invites to pregame tailgates and other prize giveaways.
The main event of the night will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will include free food for all students and live music from South Florida’s Sekond Nature. Students will have a chance to win a 37’’ LCD TV, iPad, Dell laptop computer, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 and bookstore money. Students must be present to win the prizes.
The Eagle Revolution was first introduced in the fall of 2010 and after a turnout of over 1,500 students the event was brought back by unanimous demand.
“Last year, as an incoming freshman, I was looking to meet new people,” said Michael Denkler, who be working to lead the Dirty Birds at the VIP Event. “So I went to the Revolution and met a lot of new people and made some great friends.”
Over 400 incoming freshman pre-registered for the Dirty Birds during summer orientation.
FGCU Student Government and Resident Housing are both working with athletics on the event. Student Government Director of Student Life Brendan Koning said “supporting our 14 Division I teams is something the students at FGCU should be excited about. We as Student Government are excited to support the student-athletes and the student body as a whole, and the Revolution achieves all of that.”
The Eagle Revolution is made possible thanks to its sponsors: Moe’s, Jason’s Deli, Calistoga, Tropical Smoothie, Domino’s Pizza, Beef O’Brady’s, Rita’s, Techtronics, Eagle News, Parr Media, Self-Insured Plans, Wholesale Screen Printers, Greyhound Track and Coca-Cola.