Military Appreciation "Gold Out" at UM Crookston Men's and Women's Basketball Games on Saturday, December 7, 2013

It is a night of remembrance and a time to show your appreciation for the U.S. Military. Demonstrate your support by wearing gold at this weekend's "Gold Out" during the men's and women's basketball games on Saturday, December 7, 2013, in Lysaker Gymnasium. The women's game begins at 4 p.m. followed by the men's game at 6 p.m. with both teams taking on teams from St. Cloud State University. The "Gold Out" is sponsored by the Sport and Recreation Management Association (SRMA) and the Crookston Student Association (CSA) at the University of Minnesota Crookston. 

The Military Appreciation night "Gold Out" is designed to show the men and women serving as well as those who have served that we appreciate what they do.  SRMA will be taking donations to help Operation Gratitude send care packages overseas. People who give a donation will be given raffle tickets to enter a drawing to win numerous prizes. Raffle ticket prices are $1 per ticket, 7 tickets for $5, and a wing span for $10. You must be present to win. 

Admission to the basketball games for an adult is $6 for the doubleheader or $5 for a single game; children in grades 1-12 are $3 for the doubleheader and $2 for a single game; children in kindergarten and younger are free.  

Ashley Manusos, vice president of SRMA encourages people to attend in support of the military, "Be a hero to the men and women who have risked their lives protecting our freedom."

The evening will also incorporate "Letters to Soldiers," allowing students, faculty, staff, and community members to show their gratitude in a letter for a soldier on deployment. Other competitions and activities will be a part of half time at each of the games. 

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 28 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 11 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit

Contact: Ashley Manusos, vice president, SRMA,; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8342 (