Posted: Jan 28, 2016
West Georgia Technical College will welcome students, alumni, faculty and staff, and the community to its Homecoming festivities Saturday afternoon at the Oak Mountain Academy Gymnasium in Carrollton.
The week-long celebration culminates with a much-anticipated women's basketball game between No. 6 West Georgia Tech and East Georgia State College, an NJCAA Division I program out of Swainsboro, which tips at 2 p.m.
West Georgia Tech is 16-5, the best start in school history. A win Saturday over East Georgia State would give WGTC a school record tying eighth win against NJCAA D-I programs. WGTC competes in Division III.
The West Georgia Tech men's team (9-12, 2-1) will take on Summer Hill Prep starting at 5 p.m., following a brief ceremony between the two games.
This is the first time that West Georgia Tech has held its Homecoming celebration in the month of January, instead of the traditional fall date. WGTC officials made the decision so that the events could coalesce around the success of both basketball programs as well as the start of the baseball and softball seasons, which begin next week.
"Homecoming is an important tradition at many colleges and universities across the country, and we are building upon those same traditions today," WGTC President Steve G. Daniel said. "We have had a great week of events on all of our campuses involving our students, staff and faculty. We are looking forward to two competitive and entertaining games featuring our men's and women's basketball teams. I want to encourage the communities we serve and anyone who has had an association with West Georgia Tech, as well as our current students and staff to join us at Oak Mountain Academy Saturday afternoon as we celebrate and cheer on our student-athletes."
The doors to the gymnasium will open at 12:30 p.m., with the first 200 fans through the door receiving free vibration speakers and an official WGTC Homecoming T-shirt.
Fans will be treated to free food including giant turkey legs, giant corn, pretzels, cotton candy, apple cider and drinks, courtesy of the WGTC Culinary Arts Department and the WGTC Office of Student Life.
An official ceremony will be held between the women's game and the men's game to honor the 2016 West Georgia Technical College Homecoming Court, which consists of WGTC's four GOAL award finalists. GOAL is a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, which honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state's technical college students.
WGTC Athletics' Marketing and WGTC Student Life will conduct a series of games throughout the day, including a three-point shooting contest and a half-court shot contest, among others, with the winners being awarded prizes. One of the top prizes up for grabs is an iPad mini.
Fans will also be treated throughout the day with music from the Central-Carroll High School pep band, consisting of about 25 members from one of the most recognized high school band programs in the United States.
Directed by Neil Ruby, the Central Bands have performed for millions of people all over the world including the New Year's Day Parade in London, England; the World Expo in Brisbane, Australia; the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia; the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade; the Hollywood Christmas Parade; and the Presidential Inauguration Parade; and the 122nd Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California in 2011.
Admission is $5 to the general public, with WGTC faculty/staff and students admitted free of charge with their I.D.
The Oak Mountain Academy Gymnasium is located at 222 Cross Plains Road in Carrollton.
For more information, contact WGTC External Affairs Coordinator Aaron Sones at (770) 823-5295 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on West Georgia Tech Athletics, visit www.WGTCAthletics.com.
West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the fourth largest of the state's 22 technical colleges.