This message was sent to all UConn students, staff and facutly Wednesday from President Susan Herbst, women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma and men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie.
To Our Students,
With both the UConn men’s and women’s basketball teams in the Final Four, we could not be more proud of our student-athletes or our university.
The sense of pride that our campuses, our fans, and the state of Connecticut feel for both teams is incredible.
The university will open up Gampel Pavilion on Saturday, April 5, to all UConn students, so that you can watch the televised men’s game live with one another here on campus. The doors will open at 5:00 p.m. The game will begin shortly after 6:00pm and will be projected onto large screens that will be visible throughout most of Gampel.
Sunday’s women’s game will also be shown live on campus in the Student Union Theatre. Doors will open at 8:00 p.m. and the game begins at 8:30 p.m.
We urge our students, faculty and staff to wear blue and white this Friday, Saturday and Sunday to show your support for UConn and our teams.
This weekend, the eyes of the nation will again be on UConn – not only in Dallas and Nashville, but back home in Connecticut as well.
Knowing that, we also write to ask that you conduct yourselves with the same sense of class, respect and winning spirit that our players have shown – and which UConn students as a whole show each day.
We hope both games will end in celebrations on our campuses this weekend and beyond – but if you celebrate, please do so responsibly. Don’t let an amazing moment like a UConn victory be tarnished by doing something destructive.
And remember that no matter the outcome of the games, each student represents UConn to the state and to the nation, just as our players do. We all need to exemplify what UConn is all about.
Thank you again for all your support during this and every season – and go Huskies!
Kevin Ollie, Geno Auriemma and Susan Herbst