Northridge, Calif. – Thursday, February 13, 2014 will be a very special day for Cal State Northridge for several reasons.
The Matadors men's basketball team, fighting for a berth in the upcoming Big West Conference Tournament, will host Cal Poly, a pre-season contender for top honors in the league.
Game time at the Matadome is slated for 7:00 pm.
One of the evening's many events will include the retirement of jersey #58 to honor the CSUN Faculty for their nearly 60 years of academic service and for supporting Matador Athletics during times of challenge and prosperity. The #58 jersey also represents the founding year of Cal State Northridge.
As a gesture of thanks, the entire CSUN faculty has been invited to attend the CSUN vs Cal Poly game. Each faculty member that RSVP's will receive two tickets to the game and is invited to attend the pre-game reception at 5:30 pm. The faculty will be recognized on the court at halftime and will be able to participate in the jersey retirement. Please RSVP Fatema Noor at 818-677-5081 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This will be the first jersey to be retired in the history of the CSUN Athletics program. By virtue of being retired, no other CSUN student-athlete will wear the #58 jersey during athletic competitions, according to Dr. Brandon Martin, CSUN's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.
"The goal of Matador Athletics extends far beyond the playing field and the won-loss record," said Dr. Martin. "Academic success is vital to the growth of the student-athlete and a top priority in the mission of CSUN Athletics. We are proud of our student-athletes who excel in the classroom. Building a sold academic foundation is paramount for success now and later in life. We are fortunate to have the support of the CSUN faculty."
During the Fall of 2013, 17 student-athletes at CSUN were named to the Big West Conference Academic All-Conference team. CSUN student-athletes earned academic accolades in all five Fall sports; women's volleyball, women's soccer, men's soccer, and men's and women's cross country.
According to Dr. Martin, the retired #58 jersey will be proudly displayed in the Matadome as a reminder of the central role the faculty plays in student success.
"The student-athletes at CSUN could not have reached their academic goals without your support," said Dr. Martin, in praising CSUN's outstanding and hard-working faculty. "As part of our goal of Comprehensive Excellence for Matador Athletics, we recognize the important role the faculty plays in the success of the more than 300 student-athletes at CSUN."
Dr. Martin added … "It is my great honor to lead the CSUN Athletics Department as a colleague and to witness the indelible print you (the faculty) continues to leave at CSUN and the community. Because of your commitment, hard work and dedication, our graduates have left this outstanding institution and made significant contributions to the San Fernando Valley and beyond. We will continue to work together and do what it takes to make CSUN SHINE."