Canned Goods Get Basketball Fans into Televised Game

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University basketball fans will be able to help a good cause, Columbus' Valley Rescue Mission, and witness a nationally televised game Saturday, Athletic Director Herbert Greene has announced.

The Lady Cougars' game at noon Saturday will be televised nationally by CSTV (College Sports TV), and the men's game will follow at 2:30 p.m. Both games, the final home contests of the season, are against Armstrong Atlantic State.

'We want as many people as possible to be at our games on Saturday and wanted to do something to help encourage more people to come out,' Greene said. 'What better way to do that than to allow people to bring food to help the Valley Rescue Mission and see good basketball just for helping. It is also an opportunity for people to possibly get some face time on national TV.'

Fans will be admitted to the day of basketball just by bringing two cans of food or any other non-perishable food item. Valley Rescue Mission collection bins will be located just inside the Lumpkin Center entrance for fans to deposit their donations.

CSU will also honor longtime Peach Belt Conference commissioner Marvin Vanover and will declare Marvin Vanover Day in the Lumpkin Center. Vanover is retiring as commissioner of the league after becoming commissioner at its inception in 1990. Vanover was head basketball coach at Augusta State University before becoming commissioner.

The basketball games will be the final regular season games of the season for both CSU squads and could have a big impact on seeding for next week's Peach Belt Conference Tournament at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C.