Huskies’ Athletics to Host Turn-Back-The-Clock Night

Huskies’ Athletics to Host Turn-Back-The-Clock Night

SCHEDULE UPDATE : Town of Gorham | Turn-Back-The-Clock Game Moved to Thursday, February 8 - Same activities, same FREE ADMISSION, different date.  

Story by Christina Cracolici, Assistant Director of USM Athletic Communications 

GORHAM, Maine   – Featuring admission fees, concession prices, and uniforms from the Gorham State Teachers' College Hilltoppers' era, the University of Southern Maine Huskies' Department of Athletics will host a Turn-Back-The-Clock event in conjunction with its annual Town of Gorham Night celebration on Thursday, February 8.

            Celebrating the longstanding partnership between the University of Southern Maine, the Gorham Recreation Department and the Town of Gorham, the University and the Huskies' Athletic Department annually hosts its Town of Gorham night during the Huskies' basketball season against traditional rival and Little East Conference foe Plymouth State University. As part of the celebration, the women's game, which is schedule to tip off at 5:30 p.m., will feature a halftime scrimmage by the third and fourth grade girls' Gorham Recreation Department's basketball program, and a Halftime Hot Shot competition open to both boys and girls.  The men's game, which will follow the women's game at approximately 7:45 p.m., will be preceded by a showcase of the Gorham Recreation Department's third and fourth grade boys' teams.

            In addition to the in-game festivities, The Fan Experience Committee, a collaboration between the Office of Student Life and Huskies' Athletics, will have free Husky gear available to the first 100 fans in attendance, and will be hosting a no-cost raffles for various prizes throughout the games.

            "The collaboration between the Town of Gorham and the University of Southern Maine continues to be vital to the success of our program," said USM Athletic Director Al Bean.  "We have numerous agreements, programs and outreach activities that benefit the town, the University and our student-athletes.  We are committed to continuing to build and strengthen this relationship.  Our student-athletes appreciate the support they receive from the many Gorham residents who regularly attend our athletic contests and look forward to giving back to the town through our many community-based programs."

            As part of USM's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Husky student-athletes annually invite members of the Gorham community to its Husky Community Halloween Party, which provides Gorham and its surrounding communities with a fun, family-friendly and safe environment to celebrate Halloween, featuring treats, games, a dance-off, bounce houses, hayrides and more.  Most recently, members of USM's SAAC traveled to local elementary schools, retirement communities and daycare centers during the holiday season to visit and sing carols. 

            "Our student-athletes are grateful for the support they receive from the local community," noted USM SAAC advisor and head women's basketball coach Samantha Allen.  "Along with the tremendous fan support our local Gorham residents provide our student-athletes from the sidelines, members of the community and local businesses frequently support our student-led initiatives, and fundraising endeavors."

            A casual reception for University, Gorham and Community leaders will be held from 6-8:00 p.m. during the games in the Alumni Reception Room that adjoins Hill Gymnasium and the USM Ice Arena.  Light refreshments will be available, and students in the USM School of Music will provide entertainment. During the reception, University president Glenn Cummings and Vice President for Enrollment Management and Campus Life Nancy Griffin will be on hand with remarks.  From Gorham, Town Manger Ephrem Paraschak; Chair of the Gorham Town Council Ben Hartwell; and Shawn Moody, Owner of Moody's Collision and Trustee for the University of Maine System will all be guest speakers.

 One of the Huskies' long-standing rivals and competitors, USM, in its various iterations has competed against Plymouth State going back to both school's Normal School eras.  Two of the oldest programs supported by the University of Southern Maine, men's basketball competed in its first season during the 1923-24 academic year, and first faced off against Plymouth State during the 1947-48 season. 

With a longstanding tradition of women's athletics, some of the earliest incarnations of Southern Maine supported women in sport, starting with interclass basketball in 1918, and culminating with the official creation of women's intercollegiate athletics in 1967.  The Huskies' women's basketball team played its first official game against Plymouth State during the 1971-72 academic year. 





Thursday, February 8


5:30 pm – Women's Basketball vs. Plymouth State; National Anthem by Graci Gillen


6:00 pm – Gorham Recreation 3rd & 4th Grade Girls' Basketball Exhibition & Hot Shot Competition


6-8:00 pm – Reception for University & Town Officials at the Alumni Reception Room


7:00 pm – Comments from USM President Glenn Cummings; VP for Enrollment Management, Nancy Griffin; Town Manager Ephrem Paraschak; Chair of the Gorham Town Council, Ben Hartwell; and Showan Moody, Owner of Moody's Collision & Trustee for the University of Maine System


7:10 pm – Gorham Recreation 3rd & 4th Grade Boys' Basketball Exhibition; National Anthem by Katie Oberholtzer


7:45 pm – Men's Basketball vs. Plymouth State


8:15 pm – Special Husky Hero presentation at halftime of the men's game


University of Southern Maine, Gorham Campus


Costello Sports Complex


Warren G. Hill Gymnasium (Fifield Court)

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