Hoops 'n' Halloween Event to Kick Off Basketball Season
Kent State University will kick off its men's and women's basketball seasons by hosting a Hoops 'n' Halloween event on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 7-8:30 p.m. The first 200 fans through the door will receive a free Kent State mini basketball.
Hoops 'n' Halloween is free and open to the public. It will provide the community with a fun, safe place for children and adults to trick-or-treat. Fans also will have the opportunity to interact with the men's and women's basketball teams.
The event will begin with an hour of activities, including trick-or-treating throughout the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center, with stops in a haunted hallway, men's and women's locker rooms and more. On-court activities with the players will include free throws, half-court shots and skills challenges. Guests are encouraged to dress up and participate in the costume contest, which will be judged by Kent State basketball players. Winning costumes will help judge the slam-dunk contest.
After team introductions and a few words from men's basketball head coach Rob Senderoff and women's basketball head coach Danielle O'Banion, the evening will conclude with an exciting slam dunk contest between members of the men's team followed by two fans shooting a half-court shot to win $15,000.
The Hoops 'n' Halloween event is part of a full day of Halloween fun that will start at 3:30 p.m. when Kent State's football team hosts University of Buffalo at Dix Stadium. The game will include a costume contest and other Halloween-themed events.