K-State Earns NCAA Women's Basketball Grant

K-State women's basketball will be able to continue its relationship with the 1st Sustainment Brigade and Fort Riley with the help of an NCAA grant.

July 22, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State Fan Experience and Sales Department has been awarded a women's basketball grant for the upcoming 2010-11 season as part of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Grant Program to increase awareness, exposure and attendance of women's basketball.

A total of 88 member schools and conferences submitted proposals in the third year of the pilot program. K-State was among 14 recipients and was the only member of the Big 12 to earn the grant for the upcoming season. Kansas State's proposal involves bringing awareness and spreading the family atmosphere of K-State women's basketball to Fort Riley, one of the nation's largest military bases.

"We are excited about the additional resources this NCAA grant will allow us to direct toward our great fan experience and particularly in building upon the tremendous partnership and fan base we have established with the 1st Sustainment Brigade and the soldiers, families and friends at Fort Riley," stated K-State head women's basketball coach Deb Patterson about the successful proposal.

Within the early planning stages from the K-State Fan Experience and Sales Department for execution of the proposal are a Fort Riley Family Fun Night, a 1st Sustainment Brigade Night and military discounts for season and single-game tickets. Season tickets are only $50 for those with military IDs stationed at Fort Riley.

"The partnership we developed with the Wildcats last year is amazing. Last season we looked forward to the events planned with the team and many of our Soldiers and families organized group attendance at multiple games throughout the season," said Lieutenant Colonel J.P. Silverstein, deputy commander for the 1st Sustainment Brigade. "The coaches and players are an extension of our `durable' family and we stand by them, just as they are standing by us throughout our current deployment."

K-State's grant committee includes representatives from the following organizations: Information, Ticketing and Registration (ITR), The Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR), the 1st Sustainment Brigade and the USO at Fort Riley, for the 2010-11 season.

"The partnership with the K-State women's basketball team was something that my family enjoyed very much. With three young girls in my family, they were all very excited about their experience with the basketball team," said Staff Sergeant Gregory Zemke.

Last season, the K-State women's basketball team established a relationship with the 1st Sustainment Brigade and gained an understanding of what they do on a day-to-day basis. While visiting Fort Riley last September, the Wildcats were able to take part in a simulations training exercise involving tanks and vehicle engagements with the 1st Sustainment Brigade.

The NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Grant Program was generated from the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Discussion Group, chaired by the late NCAA President Myles Brand. The group consisted of head coaches, media representatives, former student-athletes, conference, institutional and Women's Basketball Coaches Association administrators. It has been strongly supported by the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee and the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Issues Committee.

Along with K-State, institutions to earn the grant this season were: Bowling Green State, Columbia, Dayton, Florida, Hartford, Miami, Southern Illinois, Stanford, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Xavier and the Atlantic Sun Conference and the West Coast Conference. Hartford (2009-10), Columbia (2008-09) and the West Coast Conference (2009-10) are being awarded the grants for the second time.

Entering the 2010-11 season, Patterson and the Wildcats return eight letterwinners and three starters, including junior Jalana Childs and sophomores Brittany Chambers and Taelor Karr. Patterson also welcomes three freshmen to the roster (Chantay Caron, Brianna Kulas and Stephanie Wittman) for the upcoming 2010-11 campaign.

Women's basketball season tickets begin at $78 for general admission, while bench and chairback seating is available for $99 and $132, respectively. K-State is also offering a "Wildcat 4 Pack" this season which consists of four general admission tickets for $200.

The early bird renewal deadline for season tickets is August 13, which is the final day for the five-payment plan. The deadline for all season ticket renewals is August 31, which includes a four-payment plan. Single game tickets will go on sale at a later date.

The most convenient way to order tickets is online at www.kstatesports.com. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the K-State Athletic Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum or by calling toll-free, (800) 221-CATS.