Wayland Academy will ring in the holiday season with two uniquely spirited and community fun events inside the historic Field House.
On Tuesday, December 7 the Big Red varsity boys basketball team will host fellow Trailways Conference member Oakfield High School at 7:15 p.m. in what has been dubbed Teddy Bear Toss Night.
Working in conjunction with the Dodge County Toy Bank, fans are asked to bring a new teddy bear to throw onto the court at halftime as a donation to the Toy Bank. A three-point competition will take place following the teddy bear toss for those who donated a bear. Established in 1965, the mission of the Dodge County Toy Bank is to make sure every child in Dodge County has at least one gift to open on Christmas Day. The Toy Bank annually collects monetary and toy contributions from Dodge County businesses and residents and uses these contributions to provide toys to families in need. Each year the Toy Bank provides toys for more than 1,100 children throughout the county.
Commonly occurring at hockey games, Wayland will put its own twist on the event with the outcome of spreading joy still paramount. “
The Dodge County Toy Bank is honored to be chosen as the recipient of the teddy bears from the Teddy Bear Toss,” American Bank Executive Vice President/CFO and Dodge County Toy Bank Treasurer Pat Frankenstein. “What a fun event for the Wayland students and the community! The bears will be distributed to Dodge County families in need and will bring smiles to many children’s faces on Christmas Day.”
A week later, on Monday, December 13, the girls basketball team will host their respective event with the debut of Silent Night when they host neighboring Horicon High School at 7:15 p.m.
Fans are asked to show up wearing an ugly holiday sweater and remain silent until the Big Red scores their 10th point and then celebrate by being loud and proud.
Prior to the contest on December 13, Wayland will honor local multi-year state championship girls basketball coach at Beaver Dam High School, and recent recipient of the inaugural John Wooden Legacy Award, Tim Chase, who will conduct the ceremonial
The John Wooden Legacy Award is given to a boys and girls coach in each state. The recognition seeks to honor scholastic basketball coaches around the country who are educators and have achieved excellence on the floor, in the classroom, and in the community who further embody the characteristics and legacy of Coach John Wooden.
Those donning ugly holiday sweaters will automatically be entered into a contest to win Jimmy John’s gift cards. Categories include most creative, funniest, and of course, ugliest. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the third quarter.
Admission to both contests is free and they will be streamed live online (justagamelive.com/clients/ wayland-academy) for those who are unable to attend in person.
“Showcasing these truly energizing events will only help build upon the excitement that is Big Red Athletics,” noted Director of Athletics Josh Blumenthal. “We look forward to spirited events—albeit partially quiet at times—throughout both evenings.”
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