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Jan 07 2011

Basketball Coaches Pledge to Honor Student Athletes at New Library

Media Contact:
David Hiscoe
, NCSU Libraries,  (919) 513-3425

Threes for HuntBasketball coaches Kellie Harper and Sidney Lowe are challenging Wolfpackers to help raise $35,000 to name a high-profile group study room in the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library in honor of student athletes at North Carolina State University. The Threes for Hunt challenge lets fans make a pledge for each three-pointer the men and women’s basketball teams score this season.

Harper and Lowe are requesting Pack supporters to anticipate the Wolfpack’s success this season—and to invest in the future of NC State students—by pledging from $.25 to $10 per three pointer towards sponsoring the Hunt group study room in honor of student athletes at the university. For a point of reference, last year’s men and women basketball squads combined for 357 three-pointers. At the end of the season, donors will receive an invoice to fulfill their pledges.

In sponsoring this innovative and fun initiative, Harper and Lowe point out that “the NCSU Libraries plays a pivotal role in the lives of our student athletes. Student athletes depend on the libraries for the resources they need to complete their course work and get a great education, which is their number-one priority. The libraries are also a boost to our recruiting efforts. We’ve made our pledge to support the effort to name a space in honor of our hard-working student athletes. Please join us and make your pledge today.”

The Hunt Library, currently under construction, will be a signature building that will serve as the intellectual and social heart of the rapidly growing population on NC State’s Centennial Campus. Designed to immerse students in the latest technologies and a bold, iconic architecture, the Hunt Library is expected to be nothing less than the best learning and collaborative space in the country. The group study room championed by Harper and Lowe will be a signature place that will provide a permanent and very public “thanks” to the efforts of Wolfpack student athletes.

Threes for Hunt is a complement to the Touchdowns for Hunt campaign, sponsored last year by Coach Tom O’Brien. Touchdowns for Hunt raised funds to name the study room by letting fans predict how many trips to the end zone the NC State football team would make this season.

NC State fans can pledge to name the new Hunt group study room and to honor the academic work of Wolfpack student athletes here.