Lancaster - The Ohio University Lancaster men's and women's basketball teams are gearing up for big games, and they want the support of the students on campus. That's why the co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, is sponsoring "Rivalry Week."
"Our goal is to get the students here on campus involved and engaged in activities on campus," said Alpha Phi Omega President Cody Sarensen. "We want the community to know about our basketball teams as well. We want the community and students to recognize OUL athletics. The athletics are growing and as a campus we're growing with student enrollment, and we're trying our best to make students aware so they'll come out and have fun."
The main event during "Rivalry Week" will occur on Tuesday, January 22. The Ohio University Lancaster Cougars will be hosting the Ohio University Zanesville Tracers for "Rivalry Night." The women's game starts at 5:30 p.m. The men's game starts at 7:30 p.m. Alpha Phi Omega will be holding halftime events and raffling off prizes during both games.
"Throughout the past couple of years the Tracers have been more of rival than others. Their Men's Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Doug Pollock teaches on this campus," said Sarensen. "So, a lot of the students here know him and have a close relationship with him. That's why we thought it would be fun to have Zanesville be that team we call our rival."
Sarensen is the one who came up with the idea for "Rivalry Night." He said there has been a lot of support for the idea from the campus community and local businesses.
"We went to local businesses and organizations, and they donated pizzas to give away as prizes," said Sarensen. "We're going to have three events each going on during the halftime period. More than likely, there will be a three-point competition and a half-court competition."
Sarensen said he hopes the Lancaster Campus gym is packed for the game with Cougar fans because he has heard that the Tracers plan to bring plenty of fans to the game.
"Last time I heard from OUZ, they were thinking about bringing vans full of people," said Sarensen.