Fan Kits Equip Mason Students for the New Basketball Season

Posted: October 20, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Until last spring when the men’s basketball team went to the NCAA Final Four, Mason sports fans were, well, a pretty quiet group. No longer.

The spring tournament season put Mason students on a fan fast track. They scrambled to learn Mason’s fight song (hint: see the Traditions web site), found out who Gunston was, bought Mason T-shirts by the carload and scoured costume shops for green and gold face paint and bright yellow wigs.

This season, 1,000 lucky fans will have it all made a bit easier with a Mason Fan Kit.

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Mason student Lexi Soya examines the contents of the new Mason Fan Kit.
Photo by Evan Cantwell

A gift from Operation Legacy, a new committee chaired by University Relations Vice President Christine LaPaille, the kit has everything a fan needs to get started:

  • A green/gold wig

  • Face paint

  • A megaphone

  • Chalk for writing on the Spirit Wall

  • Green and gold pom-poms

  • A refrigerator magnet printed with all the men’s and women’s basketball game dates

  • A list of top ten tips for Mason fans

  • A mini backpack to carry it all in

There’s even an inspiring letter from the Indianapolis police who were part of the NCAA Tournament security force commending Mason students for their exemplary behavior during the Final Four.

According to LaPaille, the purpose of the kits is to help “maintain the great school spirit that emerged” during the run to the Final Four. The kit was inspired by the spontaneous way students dressed up and showed their team support during the tournament.

“This is an entirely new experience for some students,” says LaPaille. “We hope the kit will help them re-create some of that spirit from last season.”

The kits made their debut during Midnight Madness, where about 200 were distributed. For the rest of the season, kits will be handed out at many Mason events, including the women’s soccer game against Virginia Commonwealth University tonight at 7 p.m. Other opportunities to catch a kit include

  • The men’s soccer game against Towson University on Oct. 27, 7 p.m.

  • The Halloween Bash on Oct. 30

  • The women’s volleyball game against Hofstra University on Nov. 3, 7 p.m.

Early next year, the Launch Pad podcast team will also give away fan kits to listeners, and there will be many opportunities during Homecoming Week, Feb. 12-16, to win a kit in various competitions.

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