Loyola basketball wants to thank faculty and staff members for their commitment to the “student” portion of the phrase student-athletes. And, they will do so at their annual faculty/staff appreciation game on Thursday, January 19, at 7 p.m. against Valparaiso.

Senior Associate Athletic Director Patrick Kraft, PhD, says this is the fourth year that Loyola basketball has hosted an appreciation night, and it is an integral part of recognizing the work that faculty and staff do to help the players.

“First and foremost we are an academic institution and we have scholar-athletes, we are proud of how they do academically and athletics are just a little part of it,” he says. “Academics play a major part in what we do.”

For a discounted price of $10 for adults and $5 for children, faculty and staff members will enjoy a game against Horizon League rival, Valparaiso, and be recognized throughout the game through videos featuring players expressing gratitude.  In addition, they will also have  the opportunity to participate in in-game promotions, like the PNC treasure chest, Pepsi half-court shot, fan of the game, and name that movie.

For Kraft, the game also is a chance for faculty and staff to be a part of the Loyola basketball tradition, saying they have the opportunity “to come out and cheer, and be a part of the excitement within Gentile Arena.”

Ultimately, the night will serve as a way to continue to tie together Loyola pride in academics and athletics.

“We are proud our athletes are very good students and we want that to continue,” Kraft says.

Faculty and staff should call (773-508-9653) or go to the box office in person to purchase tickets ahead of time. Discounted tickets can also be purchased on game day. To find out more information, visit the Loyola athletics site here.