Lucky Fan Comes for Game, Leaves with ComputerMarch 18, 2008
By CSU Sports Information
Looking to give the women’s basketball program a boost against one of the top teams in the Big South, Buc Club Board of Directors Vice President Rusty Bruns stepped up to add extra incentive to the student body.
Every Charleston Southern student that attended the Feb. 26th game against High Point had a chance to sign up to win a brand new Toshiba laptop, donated by Bruns.
“I have been the vice president of the Buc Club (Board of Directors) for a few years, and I just wanted to give back,” said Bruns, who is also the chief information officer at CSU. “I knew that being a Tuesday night game, the numbers would be way down, and I just wanted to help boost the attendance for the women’s basketball team.”
Students had to be in attendance to win the computer, helping keep them in the seats for the majority of the game. As the clock continued to tick in the second half, students began to get anxious for the giveaway.
Finally, with 2:02 on the clock, the final media timeout arrived, and Bruns walked out to midcourt to read off the ticket number of the winner.
“I remember looking down at the numbers and realizing that I had won,” said the lucky student, Briana Finley. “My friend thought I was joking until I showed her my ticket, and she jumped up and started screaming.”
Finley was rewarded for her attendance, even though the roommate of one of the players, she had been at just about all of the home games.
“I come to pretty much every game, but I had a lot of friends that came tonight because they wanted to win this laptop,” said Finley, who was one of 428 people in attendance at the game.
With a successful mission to get students to the games, Bruns mentioned that his support is not finished here.
“I plan on doing it again,” said Bruns. “I would love to do it for every sport over the next few years. People show up to football and basketball, but the other sports are just as important and hopefully this will help boost attendance for the other teams.”