Inaugural Game: Tuesday, December 18, 2007 vs. The Ohio State University
7:00 p.m. - Quicken Loans Arena
TICKETS ON SALE and GREAT SEATS STILL AVAILABLE !
Individual tickets can be purchased through Ticket Master, The Wolstein Center box office or Quicken Loans arena Box office.
Box office hours are Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm.
Group Tickets (20 or more) can be purchased by calling 216-687-4848.
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PRE-GAME PARTY AT FAT FISH BLUE!
Cleveland State vs. Ohio State
Official Pre-game Party Location
December 18, 2007 - 4:00 pm
Come for great prizes and specials!
What: The CSU McLendon Scholarship Classic is an annual game hosted by Cleveland State Athletics to perpetuate the legacy of the late John McLendon, pioneer, basketball coach and humanitarian.
Why: Part of the proceeds of the game will be donated to the NACDA John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship fund to assist minorities with their educational pursuits in sports administration. CSU Intercollegiate Athletics will also establish a scholarship endowment in the name of Joanna and John McLendon to assist deserving CSU student-athletes.
Where: The goal is to attract prominent basketball programs to Cleveland annually to participate in the McLendon Scholarship Classic. Games will be played primarily in the Wolstein Center.
When: The inaugural game of the event will be played against The Ohio State University on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007 at Quicken Loans Arena (due to an anticipated crowd of 18,000 plus). This game will be followed by a contest against Kansas State University in 2008 and games against programs from the Big East, ACC and SEC.
The John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program
The Cleveland State John McLendon Scholarship Series, an annual men's basketball game hosted by CSU in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), will debut in 2007 and benefit several scholarships in the name of John and Joanna McLendon.
The inaugural series event will take place on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 when Cleveland State hosts Ohio State in Quicken Loans Arena. Kansas State will participate in the 2008 contest and negotiations are ongoing for teams to play in subsequent years.
Proceeds from the event will help to endow an athletic scholarship in the name of John and Joanna McLendon at Cleveland State. Additional revenue will be donated to NACDA's John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship fund, which annually presents scholarships to senior-level minority students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration.
"Cleveland State made history in 1966 when it became the first major basketball school to hire an African-American head coach in basketball," CSU Director of Athletics Lee Reed said. "Forty years later, I am proud that we are able to honor the memory of Coach McLendon with the creation of the CSU McLendon Scholarship Series."
"NACDA championed the legacy of John McLendon with the formation of the McLendon postgraduate scholarship program in 1999 and we are honored to be involved with the CSU McLendon Scholarship Series," NACDA Executive Director Mike Cleary said.
John McLendon, who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979, became the first black coach to head a major college basketball program at an integrated school when he took over as head coach of the Vikings in 1966.
One of the leading proponents of fastbreak basketball, McLendon learned the basketball from its inventor, Dr. James Naismith, as a student at Kansas in the 1930s.
McLendon coached three seasons at CSU, ending his career with a 523-165 collegiate record. He left CSU in 1969, returning in 1991 to serve as an athletic department advisor until his death in 1999.
For more information about the scholarship program, contact Brian Horning in the NACDA office at (440) 892-4000 or the CSU Department of Athletics at 216-687-4848.