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YHC to Open Basketball Season Nov. 16 with Homecoming

Friday, November 1, 2013

Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5310,

Young Harris College to Open Basketball Season Nov. 16 with Homecoming

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College students and alumni and Mountain Lions fans will kick off the 2013-2014 basketball season with Homecoming, Friday-Saturday, Nov. 15-16. With festivities centered around the theme “Let the Good Times Roar,” this exciting annual event will be presented in collaboration with the offices of Student Development and Alumni Services and the Department of Athletics.

In anticipation of the big weekend, students will participate in a variety of challenges and events throughout the week, including a Pinterest party, comedy show featuring Kendra Corrie, sidewalk decorating competition, lip sync challenge and performance by acoustic artist Austin Renfroe.

Students will also attend a food-packing event in which volunteers will pack meals to assist Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger-relief agency that coordinates the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid around the world. 

Homecoming weekend will kick off Friday night, Nov. 15, with a student-led pep rally and bonfire. That evening, the College will also host an induction ceremony for the first class of the new YHC Athletics Hall of Fame. Members of the 2013 class include Tom Forkner, ’37, Zell Miller, ’51, John Adcock, ’57, Nick Markakis, ’03, and the 2006 YHC women’s soccer national championship team. Legendary YHC basketball coach Luke Rushton will be inducted posthumously.

The public is invited to join the festivities on Saturday, Nov. 16, beginning with a Homecoming parade at 11 a.m. that will include a variety of student-created floats. The parade will begin on Maple Street and progress up toward U.S. Highway 76 where it will turn south. The route will lead back into campus at College Street and continue into the interior of campus, past Susan B. Harris Chapel and Sharp Hall, ultimately ending at the Recreation and Fitness Center.

Tailgating festivities and a celebratory pre-game picnic lunch catered by Atlanta’s world-famous drive-in The Varsity will follow for YHC students and alumni beginning at 12 p.m. A special reception for all former YHC athletes will begin at 2 p.m. in the Recreation and Fitness Center Studio.

The women’s basketball team will take on Florida Southern College at 2 p.m. in the Recreation and Fitness Center, and the men’s basketball team will play Kentucky Wesleyan College at 4 p.m.

Homecoming Week champions and individual competition winners will be announced and the Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during the basketball games.

Combination tickets for lunch and both games are available to YHC alumni for $20 per adult and $10 for children under 10 through the Office of Alumni Services at (706) 379-5334 or online at 

Tickets for the games only are available to the public through the Department of Athletics at (706) 379-5218. 

The public is welcome to park in any available, unreserved spots on campus for the parade and basketball games. Recommended lots are the large lot on Maple Street and the Fine Arts Annex across U.S. Highway 76 from campus.

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About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit

(Front to back) Young Harris College parade attendees cheered as the student-chosen grand marshal Julia Berger, Sodexo employee in YHC’s Grace Rollins Dining Hall, YHC President Cathy Cox and 2011 Homecoming Queen Rebekah Medford, ’13, led the 2012 Homecoming parade in cars provided by Jacky Jones Ford of Hayesville, N.C.

The Young Harris College women’s basketball team will take on Florida Southern College at 2 p.m. in the Recreation and Fitness Center, and the men’s basketball team will play Kentucky Wesleyan College at 4 p.m.