Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Uptown Tip-Off Means Hoop Season is Right Around The Corner

Next Tuesday, the 49ers will host their annual Uptown Tip-Off, complete with games, giveaways and the unofficial start to the 2009-10 college basketball season. Practice gets underway, for real, in mid-October, the 49ers will hold their Basketball Madness, Oct. 22 as well as a Fan Day, Oct. 24.

October will quickly turn to November -- and a men's basketball exhibition game, Nov. 5, with Johnson C. Smith that is guaranteed to attract a huge crowd, the home opener with UNC Asheville on Friday the 13th and the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off, in Durham, Nov. 16 and 17.

It is not that far way. And it all starts, next Tuesday -- in uptown Charlotte -- at The Square (intersection of Trade and Tryon) from 11:30 -1:00 p.m. The 49ers, including head coaches Bobby Lutz and Karen Aston, will be on-hand. The band, cheerleaders and Gold Dusters will all be out. Fans can drop by and talk basketball and they can win season and game tickets and/or apparel.

And they can start thinking, breathing, and living basketball.

It's the last Tuesday of September, and hoops season is close enough to touch. The crowds will start pouring in to Halton Arena. Shamari Spears and Shamarr Bowden will make their long-awaited 49ers debuts. Ian Andersen will blow his kisses. DiJuan Harris will dive for loose balls. We'll meet newcomers who could become household names, like Braswell and KJ, Derrio and Gokhan. The crowd will chant "LOOOOTZ", and the players will high five Niner Nation after the game.

You get the feeling Halton will be rocking this year. Let's not stop at Halton, though. Let's rock Charlotte.
Your Town. Your Team.

Tom Whitestone

Assoc. A.D./Media Relations

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