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  • Maroon Club off to an impressive start

  • 08/22/12
  • From the Roanoke College Magazine, Issue Two, 2012. View the entire Roanoke Magazine online.

    The Maroon Club kicked off in a big way during Alumni Weekend 2012, making an official launch at the Hall of Fame reception on April 13.

    The kick-off was followed by several more events that weekend, including the 1972 Men's Basketball National Championship Team brunch at the Salem Civic Center on April 14, the men's and women's soccer alumni games and the men's tennis alumni match.

    Later that afternoon at Kerr Stadium, the Maroon Club hosted a kick-off reception at the Sutton Terrace, overlooking the field where the men's and women's lacrosse teams were part of a regular season doubleheader.

    Since then, Maroon Club memberships have grown to nearly 300. Roanoke College Director of Athletics Scott Allison '79 marveled at the momentum generated by recent events.

    "The outpouring of support for our student-athletes has been nothing short of overwhelming," Allison said.  "In addition to the pride we all have in our alma mater, I always knew there was passion for Roanoke College Athletics. The Maroon Club provides the 'Maroon Nation' a mechanism to express that passion."

    During the 2012 NCAA Division III Softball Championship Tournament, the Maroon Club hosted social activities for alumni, faculty, staff, parents of student-athletes and fans. Activities included a pregame party and a hospitality tent just outside the City of Salem's Moyer Sports Complex, site of the tournament.  

    Moving forward, the Maroon Club is planning to sponsor a very special year-long event: "100 years of Roanoke College Hoops." A committee will vote on the all-decade teams and present them at the tip-off reception just before the start of the 2012-2013 basketball season. 

    During the season, the Maroon Club will recognize several former players and teams at each home event. From season's beginning to end, fans will be treated to in-game presentations, Internet features and historical vignettes on the Maroons' "Tuesday Night Live" talk show.

    Roanoke fans from every era are invited to take part in the year-long celebration. A dedicated 100th Anniversary website on the Maroons Athletics home page will be launched on the new maroons.roanoke.edu site this fall where fans can find information on legendary teams, athletes, coaches and moments spanning program history, and vote on Roanoke's 20-man "All-Century Team."

    At Alumni Weekend 2013, the 100 years of RC Hoops celebration will begin with a golf scramble Friday afternoon, followed by a reception. On Saturday, the Maroon Club will host the "Legends Game" followed by a lunch at a to-be-determined site. The game will feature proud alumni playing against each other for old time's sake, with commemorative jerseys reflecting the 100 years of RC Hoops, public address announcer with interesting "Did you knows?" and much more.

    Saturday evening, the celebration will conclude with a dinner gala, at which the All-Century Team, the top 10 games and the top 5 teams in the history of the program will be unveiled.

    --Brad Moore