Celebration Events

George Fox Women's Basketball team holds up their NCAA Division III trophy

We are the champions!

The university has planned several events on Monday, April 20, to commemorate our undefeated women’s basketball team. Come and join us.

Celebration Rally
Bauman Auditorium, 10:30 a.m.
More than 1,000 students, fans and parents are expected to attend this celebration rally. Former Portland Trail Blazer Jerome Kersey and George Fox alumnus Eric Lautenbach, director of college basketball sports marketing at Nike, are scheduled to appear. Newberg Mayor Bob Andrews will proclaim April 20 as “George Fox University Bruins Women’s Basketball Day” in Newberg.

The event will include a video recap of the season and an introduction of Head Coach Scott Rueck and the 14 players who, improbably, stormed to a 32-0 season and the school’s first national basketball title.

Klages Dining Hall, 4:30 p.m.
An on-campus celebration barbecue is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Klages Dining Hall and, if weather permits, in the Centennial Tower quad. Cost is $7.75 per person (free for students on meal plan).

Newberg campus and downtown, 6:30 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m., a fire truck will arrive at the Stevens Center to take the team on a short escorted parade around campus and through downtown. The Newberg police and fire departments will escort the team from the center of campus north on Meridian Street, east on Fulton Street, south on Villa Road, west on 99W through downtown and south on Howard Street to the Newberg Public Safety Building, where the Newberg city council will award honorary Newberg citizenship and medallions to the players and coaches at approximately 7 p.m.

Lil’ Cooperstown
705 N. Springbrook Road, Newberg, 7:45 p.m.
The day’s festivities end with a party from approximately 7:45 to 9 p.m. at the Lil’ Cooperstown Restaurant, where the fans can meet the team, request autographs and take photos with the players. The team will be presenting a jersey to be added to the restaurant wall décor.

Governor Reception
On Tuesday, April 21, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski will host a 3:45 p.m. celebration reception for the team in his ceremonial office in Salem.

For more information on celebration events, contact Rob Felton at 503-554-2129 or at rfelton@georgefox.edu.