Pride fans, get ready to start your November in a basketball frame of mind. Hofstra will be hosting it’s annual “Midnight Madness on Thursday, Nov. 1. The Hofstra University Department of Athletics and the Division of Student Affairs will be hosting the preseason celebration from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Hofstra USA inside the Mack Sports Complex.
Hofstra is coming off a down 2011-12 season after losing 2011 CAA Player of the Year Charles Jenkins. They finished 3-15 (10-22 overall) in the CAA including going 2-7 at home. Hofstra head coach, Mo Cassara will be sure to rally the fans to help reestablish the homecourt advantage. The event will be open to Hofstra students only, which has head coach Mo Cassara pumped.
“We can’t wait to celebrate the start of the basketball season with our student body,” said Cassara. I encourage everyone to come out to Hofstra USA to be apart of a very special night.”
Midnight Madness–being dubbed #HofMadness on Twitter–will feature introductions of both the women’s basketball team, led by head coach Krista Kilburn-Stevesky, and the Men’s team which, features senior forward David Imes who is the Pride’s returning leading scorer and rebounder.
Kilburn-Stevesky showed similar eagerness to Cassara for the event.
“I am so excited to showcase our team to the great students here at Hofstra,” said Kilburn. “This will be a great event just before the start of the season as excitement grows for our first game.”
The celebration will be ignited by the entertainment of DJ Whutewa from Power 105.1 in New York and Siddique Farooqi who will be emceeing the event. There will be free giveaways, a photo booth and a party to get everyone amped for the season. Free t-shirts will be given to the first 300 students in attendance.
The season-opener will be the 2K Sports Classic on Sun, Nov. 11 at the Mack Sports Complex.