USM Athletics To Host Town of Gorham Night on January 29

USM Athletics To Host Town of Gorham Night on January 29


GORHAM, Maine  – In celebration of the longstanding partnership between the University of Southern Maine, the Gorham Recreation Department and the Town of Gorham, the University of Southern Maine and the Huskies' Athletic Department will be hosting its annual "Gorham Night" on Wednesday, January 29.  Gorham Night is one of many events that USM Athletics sponsors to celebrate the connections between the University of Southern Maine and the Town of Gorham. 

The University of Southern Maine Huskies men's and women's basketball teams will be hosting Little East Conference opponent UMass Boston.  Prior to tip off of the women's game, which is scheduled to being at 5:30 p.m., the Gorham High School Chamber Singers will perform the National Anthem.  The game will also feature a halftime performance by the third and fourth grade girls' Gorham Recreation Department's basketball program.  The men's game, which will follow at 7:45 p.m., will be preceded with a showcase featuring the third and fourth grade boys' teams in the Gorham Recreation program at approximately 7:10 p.m. 

The Fan Experience Committee, which is collaboration with Student Life and Huskies' Athletics, will also be serving up free popcorn and cotton candy and other Husky treats throughout the games. The first 100 Huskies' fans in attendance can also snag free Husky memorabilia, and there will be free raffles throughout both contests. 

"The collaboration between the Town of Gorham and the University of Southern Maine continues to be vital to the success of our program," said USM Athletic Director Al Bean.  "We have numerous agreements, programs and outreach activities that benefit the town, the University and our student-athletes; we are committed to continuing to build and strengthen this relationship.  Our student-athletes and staff appreciate the support they receive from the many Gorham residents who regularly attend our athletic contests and look forward to giving back to the town through our many community-based programs." 

University of Southern Maine student-athletes, as a part of the Huskies' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), annually invites members of the Gorham community to its Community Halloween Party.  Most recently, members of the USM SAAC traveled to local elementary schools and retirement communities during the holiday season to visit and sing carols, and have hosted several Gorham residents as part of SAAC's Special Olympics Integrated Sports Program over the past three years.  In the spring, during the NCAA's Division III Week, many Husky student-athletes visit local elementary schools to discuss their path to collegiate athletics.  Last year, USM's SAAC was honored nationally for its contributions to community service from the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators. 

In addition to community outreach, USM Athletics partners with Gorham High School from a facilities usage standpoint with Gorham Rams' teams using the Huskies' indoor track, ice arena, baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse fields for practices and competition.

"Our student-athletes, SAAC, and the athletic department greatly appreciate the support it receives from the local community," noted USM SAAC Advisor and Head Women's Basketball Coach Samantha Allen. "Along with the outstanding support our Gorham fans show us on the sidelines of all of our games, members of the community and local businesses frequently pitch in to help with many of our student-led initiatives.  These generous donations from our local businesses and our collaboration with the Gorham Recreation Department is vital to our Annual Community Husky Halloween Party. And while we have always enjoyed a special connection with the Town of Gorham, this event is markedly special for the three members of our team who played for and won championships with the Gorham High School Girls' Basketball program." 

A casual reception for University, Gorham and Community leaders will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. during the contests in the Alumni Reception Room that adjoins Hill Gymnasium and USM Ice Arena.  Light refreshments will be made available, and remarks from University of Southern Maine president Glenn Cummings, Director of Athletics Al Bean and Gorham leaders Suzanne Phillips, Chair of the Gorham Town Council, and Kathy Garrard, President of Gorham Village Alliance will be made during the reception at approximately 7:00 p.m. 




Wednesday, January 29 


5:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Reception for University & Town officials at the Alumni Reception Room


5:25 p.m. – Gorham High School Chamber Singers
5:30 p.m. – Women's basketball vs. UMass Boston 


6:00 p.m. – Gorham Recreation 3rd & 4th Grade Girls' Exhibition


7:00 p.m. – Comments from USM President Glenn Cummings; USM Director of Athletic Al Bean, Chair of the Gorham Town Council Kathy Garrard; and President of Gorham Village Alliance, Kathy Garrard


7:10 p.m. – Gorham 3rd & 4th Grade Boys' Exhibition  


7:45 p.m. – Men's basketball vs. UMass Boston


University of Southern Maine, Gorham Campus


Costello Sports Complex


Warren G. Hill Gymnasium | Fifield Court