FGCU invites everyone to join the revolution Monday, Aug. 19 at Alico Arena.
Celebrating its 10th year, Eagle Revolution or #EagleRevX, signifies the official start of the new school year for FGCU Athletics. Presented by The Reef and Coastal Village, the lively event gets under way at 6 p.m. in the arena plaza with a block party before the indoor program featuring music, contests and prize giveaways.
The block party sponsored by The Reef, Coastal Village, the FGCU Store, Dunkin, GameTime and Wells Fargo, will feature music by B103.9 FM. Doors will then open to students and the public at 6:30 p.m. as DJ M DOT of the Miami Heat joins FGCU student-athletes and coaches to celebrate the season kickoff.
“Kicking off the school year at Eagle Revolution is awesome,” men’s cross country student-athlete and Eagles Council Vice President Jan Figueroa said. “DJ M DOT, the prizes and free food make it a big party atmosphere with the Dirty Birds all in their official gear. This event shows why FGCU is a special place for students.”
The grand prize for the evening offers the chance to win a custom Dunk City Ford Mustang GT from Coconut Point Ford, going to a Dirty Bird who sinks a half-court shot. All Dirty Birds in attendance are eligible to win. In another half-court shot contest, an FGCU student (with a valid ID at the event) could win free tuition. Additional prizes range from Beats by Dre headphones, an Amazon Fire TV Stick, a TV, a tablet and more.
Dirty Birds in attendance can also pick up this year’s official gear, which includes a blue FGCU Dirty Bird T-shirt and a white “Reppin’ The Eagles” tank. The official basketball game-day shirt will be available as a third piece of gear at Dunk City After Dark on Oct. 25 during Eagle Family Weekend.
The theme this year is #EagleRevX, with an emphasis on the many accomplishments that the Green and Blue have produced over the years. FGCU’s 15 teams have combined to win an incredible 78 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 12 seasons at the Division-I level. Additionally, in just eight full seasons of Division I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had 36 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships.
“Eagle Revolution is where it is today with the tremendous support and teamwork of our generous sponsors who have embraced this amazing annual celebration,” FGCU’s Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh said. “Moe’s, Beef O’ Brady’s and Tropical Smoothie have been with us all 10 years of the event, and we are equally proud and appreciative to feature free food, prizes and giveaways from Coconut Point Ford, Culver’s, Dunkin’, GameTime, Mission BBQ, Papa John’s, Pepsi, The Reef, Coastal Village, Skillets, Wally’s and Wells Fargo.”
Nearly 1,500 Dirty Birds have already signed up for the 2019-20 season, and those who have not done so can register online for $10 through 5 p.m. Aug. 18. New members may also register at the event for $20, while Dirty Bird renewals are $10.
Eagle Revolution, which was first held in fall 2010, has become an integral feature of the FGCU Week of Welcome with help from the Student Government Association, Resident Housing and Student Life. The event is geared toward welcoming students to campus, promoting campus unity, building school spirit and creating fan engagement — but Eagle fans in the community are encouraged to attend, too.
“Eagle Revolution has reached the 10-year mark because it fits so well into our university mission,” FGCU Associate Vice President of Student Engagement Brian Fisher said. “It’s an exciting event where students come together and celebrate traditions as FGCU Eagles. Eagle Revolution is a great place to experience Eagle pride and have a great time.”
For updates and interaction leading up to and during the event, use the hashtags #EagleRevX on Twitter and Instagram and follow @FGCUEagles and @FGCUDirtyBirds.
Ticket information for upcoming FGCU Athletics events is available online or by calling 239-590-7145.