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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

NCAA gives grant to Kansas women

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Kansas University has received a $60,000 grant from the NCAA to promote women’s basketball next season.

KU is one of only 18 institutions or conferences to receive a grant as part of the NCAA Div. I Women’s Basketball Grant Program, which is in its second year. The 2009-10 NCAA grant program dedicated approximately $750,000 nationally to increase awareness, exposure and increase attendance of women’s basketball.

With its grant, Kansas Athletics will implement a program entitled “Schools for Success.” Through partnerships with community schools, Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Jason’s Deli, Kansas Athletics’ overall goal is to enhance attendance at and promote awareness of KU women’s basketball home games.

“Schools for Success” includes a seasonlong attendance challenge, as well as a “School Day,” in which Kansas Athletics invites local students to spend a day with the Jayhawks. The event includes educational programming provided by Kansas Athletics staff and student-athletes, Lawrence Memorial Hospital staff, a KU women’s basketball game, lunch courtesy of Jason’s Deli, and a T-shirt to commemorate the occasion. A similar event last season drew a crowd of 5,186 fans to Allen Fieldhouse to witness the Jayhawks’ 76-55 victory over Iowa, televised live on ESPN.

At the end of the season the women drew a Big 12-record 16,113 fans to Allen for the championship game of the WNIT.

Comments

KEITHMILES05 10 years, 7 months ago

There is only one thing to get butts in the seats and that is winning and doing it consistently. These gimmicks won't work.

WBBLover2010 10 years, 7 months ago

KEITHMILES05 you don't know that these "gimmicks" won't work until you try them......you have to give it a try because you never know what will happen......just like the old saying "don't count your eggs before they hatch"- don't count these ideas out before they even started.....just saying.........it sounds like a great idea :)

jayhawk2062 10 years, 7 months ago

Getting young kids involved and community organizations is ALWAYS a good idea.....to get REPEAT customers they need to win 20+ games a year and go to the tournament.

I think the grant is being used smartly by getting the kids in there. I was at the kids promotion game last year and it was a great atmosphere in the fieldhouse for a day game in the middle of the week.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 7 months ago

So Keith, what was the average attendance at a game last year? My guess is that it was (significantly) less than 5k.

The concept that you seem to allude to is valid. Tenn, UConn, Purdue, ... regularly draw in the 10k range, so winning is the best motivator for fan support.

That being said, who had the better avg attendance? KU's '07 FB or '08 FB? So attendance a function of more than just winning. It is a matter of creating a tradition of attendance. Winning helps, but then so does giving kids a chance to meet the athletes they can look up to. It is all part of the recipe.

Rock Chalk

Rick Arnoldy 10 years, 7 months ago

Per an earlier LJW article....

"Kansas University ranked 25th nationally in women’s basketball attendance last season by averaging a school-record 4,109 fans a game.

KU’s average crowd was spiked by the Big 12-record 16,113 fans who witnessed the Jayhawks play South Florida in the WNIT championship game in Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas ranked eighth in average Big 12 attendance behind Iowa State (9,754), Oklahoma (9,007), Texas Tech (8,576), Baylor (6,558), Texas (5,288), Texas A&M (5,256) and Kansas State (4,625).

Trailing the Jayhawks were Oklahoma State (3,258), Nebraska (3,211), Colorado (1,969) and Missouri (1,605). "

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