The buzz of the 2016 Southern Conference Basketball season has officially begun with our Tip-Off Celebration last night at Century Room above Pack's Tavern. It was a night full of excitement, joy, and the occasional chills, not to mention a room full of very influential, passionate people.
The event was incredibly fortunate to have coach Mike Young, Wofford, and coach Brittney Ezell, ETSU, to speak. Their speeches amplified the amount of energy in the room and gave the partners and sponsors who have dedicated their time to the tournament a sense of pride.
Coach Ezell made a clear point to discuss the amount of work that has been put into this tournament and how year after year there is something new herself and her team are able to enjoy on and off the court. "There are so many restaurants we can't eat at that the team wants to eat at, there are so many things the team wants to do, that we can't do. We are so thankful for all that Asheville does for us."
Coach Young's speaking points also electrified the room and were on everyone's mind at the end of the night. He discussed how the student athletes and the coaching staffs feel embraced and feel like superstars when visiting Asheville. "What you do for our players, to make them like a big deal, like this is the greatest tournament on Earth. They believe that, I believe that."
Members of the SoCon staff, the local organizing committee, and community members also honored City Councilman Jan Davis, who also serves on the Board of the ABRSC. Davis has been pivotal in bringing SoCon to Asheville, and worked to support essential renovations at the US Cellular Center. We are delighted to have Jan Davis, and his fellow City Council and County Commission members who were in attendance, serve this community and offer their support of SoCon.
Special thanks to Commissioner John Iamarino and his entire SoCon staff for helping make the Tip-Off Celebration an enjoyable gathering for all.
We are extremely grateful for everyone who came out, and look forward to a successful and exciting SoCon Championship event.
Link of Video Recap: http://www.socondigitalnetwork.com/socon/video/socon-2015-16-socon-basketball-tipoff-celebration