Homecoming

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Homecoming weekend at Gardner-Webb University is just around the corner, and if you’re one of our beloved alumni, we hope you’ll make the trek back to Boiling Springs to reconnect with your alma mater and reunite with old friends.  The Office of Alumni Affairs has planned a variety of fun Homecoming activities, detailed below.  For more information about Homecoming, call the Office of Alumni Affairs at 704-406-2586.

Friday, Oct. 28

GWU Trophy Cup Golf Tournament Fundraiser

11:30 a.m. Lunch, 1:00 p.m. Shotgun

Riverbend/YMCA Golf Club

The Homecoming Weekend starts off with a GWU Trophy Cup Golf Tournament, hosted by the GWU Golf Team.  Alumni and friends are invited to participate in this fundraiser for the GWU Golf Teams.  Each team will be paired with a GWU Golf member.  The tournament will follow a captain’s Choice format.  Four person teams are preferred, and individuals are welcome.  Lunch and gift pack is included in the registration fee: $75/person or $300/team.  Hole sponsorships are available for $100.

To register, or for more information, contact Coach Tee Burton at 704-406-3986 or tburton@gardner-webb.edu.

Athletic Hall of Fame Reception and Banquet

6:30 p.m. Reception, 7:00 p.m. Banquet

GWU Football Center Team Room

Alumni and friends of the University are invited to attend this annual tribute to the year’s GWU Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, sponsored by the GWU Athletics Department.  The cost is $17/person, and pre-registration and tickets are required.  Business attire.

To register, contact Pam Scruggs at 704-406-4341 or at pscruggs@gardner-webb.edu.

Saturday, Oct. 29

Pound the Pavement 5K Road Race

7:30 a.m. Start

Williams Observatory on Stadium Drive

Alumni and friends are invited to run this annual race, sponsored by the Campus Recreation Department.  The pre-registration fee is $20/runner; race-day registration fee is $25/runner.  Those who pre-register will receive a complimentary t-shirt.

To register, or for more information, go to gardner-webb.edu/poundthepavement, or contact Brian Arnold at 704-406-3552 or at barnold@gardner-webb.edu.

Pre-Game Tailgate Party

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Soccer Field on Visitor’s Side of Spangler Stadium

Join the GWU Alumni Association for a tailgate party before kick-off.  As Alumni Director Meghan Dalton says, “This is a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and classmates, show off school pride, see all that’s changed and all that’s remained the same at GWU.  We’re featuring a live performance by one of the Carolina’s favorite beach music bands, the Band of Oz, and serving an awesome game day meal from FATZ.  Good friends, good food, and good music… a perfect way to kick off the Homecoming game.”

Food will be available for purchase from FATZ Café. The cost is $10/meal if you order by Wednesday, Oct. 26, or $12 per meal on the day of the event.  Meal includes: baby back ribs (4-5 pieces), grilled chicken breast (3 oz.), baked beans, slaw, rolls, banana pudding and tea.  (1/2 rack of ribs available upon request if chicken breast is not desirable).

Register here, or contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 704-406-2586 or by email at alumni@gardner-webb.edu.

Homecoming Parade

12:00 p.m.

Main Street, Boiling Springs

The annual Homecoming Parade is sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA).  Join students, alumni and friends of the University on Main Street at noon for this year’s parade!

GWU Runnin’ Bulldogs vs. Charleston Southern Buccaneers

1:30 p.m. Kick-off

Spangler Stadium

Cheer on the Runnin’ Bulldogs as they tackle Charleston Southern in Head Coach Ron Dickerson Jr.’s first GWU homecoming contest.  Tickets are $12/adult, $7/K-12, and $7/college student with ID.