Kennedy's Korner supports UM men's hoops

Kennedy's Korner wants you. Ole Miss men's basketball is building a support group for Andy Kennedy's program.

As a member of Kennedy's Korner, members will receive access "behind the scenes" of Rebel basketball.

Membership is $500 and entitles members to:

*** An invitation preseason tipoff party

*** Special access to designated practice sessions

*** A midseason Q & A luncheon with Kennedy and staff

*** A monthly newsletter concerning Ole Miss men's basketball

*** A postseason basketball banquet

All donations to Kennedy's Korner are 100 percent tax-deductible and will earn UMAA Foundation points. Membership does not count toward your priority seating donation.

The Rebels finished year one of the Kennedy era 21-13, champs of the SEC West, and advanced to the second round of the NIT.

Membership dues will be used to enhance many areas of Ole Miss men's basketball, from video and computer upgrades to office furnishings, and it will help the program to remain a key player in the competitive SEC.

Kennedy is excited about the possibilities of the group and the potential it has to help the program immediately.

"We are trying to find people that are supporters of basketball who want to be a part of a group who know exactly where their dues are going, that they're going directly to men's basketball. We're going to grant them access to some practices and functions and give them some different looks as to what we're doing and how we're doing it."

Kennedy said he believes in this day and age athletics programs that succeed have this type of support.

"To me it speaks of commitment. We've been pleasantly encouraged with the response. We haven't even practiced yet. Having a group like this certainly helps. At a state-run university, there are certain things that go above and beyond the course that we need funds for in order to do things like locker room renovations, upgrading software as it relates to recruiting, etc. We have budgetary items that get met. But there are things that go above and beyond the call that these monies will allow us to access to give us a competitive advantage that we need."

Kennedy says consistent, longterm success in the SEC won't happen without it.

"I think people sometimes lose sight of the fact that we're in the richest, most competitive league in all of America. A lot of people take sports very, very seriously. I think we have to be creative, not only in men's basketball but as an athletics department in general, to give ourselves a chance to compete between the lines."

For more information, call Bill Armstrong at 662-915-7531 or e-mail him at barmstro@olemiss.edu.

Checks may be made payable to: UMAA Kennedy's Korner.

Mail the check along with your pertinent information (name, mailing address, phone, e-mail) to Bill Armstrong, Ole Miss Men's Basketball, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677

"We want to give people access. We want this to be fun. We want it to be enjoyable," Kennedy said. "We want fans to be able to get to know our kids. The only time most people get to see the kids is on gameday. There are some limitations concerning the NCAA rules. We want as many people as we can get to join us in this effort, and they'll be vested in what we're trying to do here."

The first practice open to Kennedy's Korner members only is Friday, Oct. 19 from 4-7 p.m., the day before the Ole Miss-Arkansas football game.

The first activity of Kennedy's Korner is Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 7-9 p.m. at the Library Sports Bar in downtown Oxford.


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