ROCKVILLE — The Solano Community College basketball teams are stepping up their programs a notch.
Trying to provide a better atmosphere – and get more people in the stands – the SCC hoops teams have schedule several ‘theme’ nights and are even in the works to get a pep band in the gym on game nights to spice up the experience.
“(Men’s coach) John (Nagle) and I have talked about it quite a while,” SCC women’s coach Matt Borchert said. “This year, we dug down and said we have to get this done. We made some decision on the themes. Public information officer Shemila Johnson made the flyers. Nagle and I collaborated on it. It’s a matter of doing things the right way. You go to other games at the college level and these are the things being done, so it makes sense.”
Starting Saturday, the teams will open their new project by hosting “Armed Forces appreciation,” and will follow it up with “Youth Sports Represent” (Jan. 11), “Solano Spirit Show-up” (Jan. 16), “Protect and Serve Employee Appreciation” (Jan. 24), “Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Night” (Jan. 31), “Police Activities League/Community Groups Night” (Feb. 5), “Coaches versus Cancer” (Feb. 12) and “Elementary School Appreciation” on Sophomore Night , Feb. 21.
Borchert said in an email that “The teams have coordinated themed home game nights to recognize and celebrate local and globally known organizations for their outstanding commitment to Solano County and beyond. Each themed game night offers free game admission to members of the group being recognized.”
Getting more people in the stands is the goal for the program, but the teams also want the fans to enjoy themselves while they are there.
“We hope that’s part of what happens, get bigger crowds and have a better atmosphere,” Borchert said. “It makes for a better college basketball experience.”
Borchert said he’s had a lot of help, especially when the idea of getting a band to help get the fans into the game.
“That was both mine and John’s idea,” the coach said. “We collaborated with the (SCC) music department. It’s going well. They’ve been doing training sessions (with) Teri Yumae, she’s the head music instructor (at Solano). She took the bull by the horns.
“And Vincent Pizulo, he’s the director of band. He’s handling the rehearsals. He’s also involved at the high school level, too. So it could be high school and college (musicians). We’re really excited about it. Again, it’s the whole college basketball experience . . . with appropriate music.”
For more information on the upcoming theme nights, call 864-7837.
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