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Young Harris College to Open Basketball Season Nov. 12 with Homecoming
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – A tradition will be reborn at Young Harris College this fall as students, alumni and Mountain Lions fans kick off the 2011-2012 basketball season with Homecoming, Friday-Saturday, Nov. 11-12. Centered around the theme “Mountain Lion Pride,” the exciting new event will be presented in collaboration with the offices of Student Development and Alumni Services and the Department of Athletics.
Throughout the week, students will compete in a variety of challenges and events, including a trivia game, dance, “spirit sign” contest and lip sync challenge, in anticipation of the big weekend.
Homecoming weekend will kick off Friday night, Nov. 11, with a student-led pep rally and bonfire.
The public is invited to join the festivities on Saturday, Nov. 12, beginning with a Homecoming parade at 10 a.m. that will include a variety of student-created floats as well as local civic leaders and businesses. 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 Duckworth Drive 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 will follow for YHC students and alumni, beginning at 12 p.m. A special reception for all former YHC basketball players will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Recreation and Fitness Center.
The women’s basketball team will take on Reinhardt University at 2 p.m. in the Recreation and Fitness Center, and the men’s basketball team will play Bryan College at 4 p.m.
Combination tickets for lunch and both games are available to YHC alumni for $20 per adult and $10 for children under 12 through the Office of Alumni Services at (706) 379-5334 or online at yhc.edu/homecoming.
Tickets for the games only are available to the public through the Department of Athletics at (706) 379-5296.
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 Hwy. 76 from campus.
“We are extremely excited about Homecoming 2011,” YHC Director of Athletics Randy Dunn said. “The event will provide our students, faculty, staff and alumni with many great activities, and we hope all of the Mountain Lions fans in our local communities will join us on Saturday, Nov. 12, for our women’s and men's basketball home opener.”
Homecoming Week champions and spirit sign competition winners will be announced, the Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned, and an Alumni Spirit Challenge will be held during the basketball games.
“Homecoming is a special time for any school, but it's particularly exciting right now for Young Harris College,” said Homecoming student committee member James Dalton, a senior biology major from Augusta, Ga. “This first-ever fall Homecoming will give the College a chance to showcase an active campus while also letting alumni witness all the growth that Young Harris has undergone during the last several years.”
For more information, visit www.yhc.edu/homecoming.
About Young Harris College
2011 marks the 125th anniversary for Young Harris College, 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. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. Earlier this year, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.