Given all of the support to the Georgia State men’s basketball team during last year’s run to the NCAA tournament, head coach Ron Hunter and son R.J. are now giving back to the students by purchasing tickets for 100 of them to go the Cure Bowl.
Coming off an impressive 34-7 win over Georgia Southern on Saturday, the Georgia State football team will face San Jose State in the Cure Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. It will mark the Panthers first bowl appearance – reaching the mark in just six years after the program launched in 2010.
“The support given to us by all of our fans last year during our run to the NCAA tournament was remarkable,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “The football team has been among our biggest supporters, helping create an unbelievable environment in the Sports Arena. Although our team cannot be there (playing Southern Miss in Hattiesburg), R.J. and I want to say thanks for the football team and our students with a small gesture.”
The first 100 students to arrive at the Georgia State basketball game on Saturday wearing a Georgia State shirt will have the ability to sign up for a free ticket to the bowl game. The offer is valid only to current Georgia State students with a valid Panther ID and must be wearing Georgia State gear.
“My three years at Georgia State were incredible and our students and fans were a huge part of it,” current Boston Celtics star and former Panther R.J. Hunter said. “My dad and I have been looking for a way to give back to the students who really supported us and we figured this would be a great way. I loved going to football games during my time at GSU and am extremely excited for this bowl game.”
Students will be able to sign up for the free ticket at a marketing table on the third floor concourse of the GSU Sports Arena beginning at 1 p.m. Tip time against the Monarchs is set for 2 p.m. Students are admitted free to all home Georgia State events.