Group campaigns to bring ESPN's Gameday to Wichita

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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WICHITA, Kan. -- With a 22-0 record, a lot of attention is on the Wichita State Basketball team.

One class on campus is trying to bring even more of a spotlight to the Shockers. Mike Ross' Sports Public Relations class is turning to social media to try to bring ESPN's College Gameday to Wichita. Their campaign was originally a school assignment, but it has moved far beyond the walls of the classroom.

"We're hitting all the social media platforms, first of all, like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, all those things," said Sophomore Josh Radford. "We're going to make YouTube videos, Vines, we're on Pinterest."

The group has close to 5,000 likes on their Facebook page, and over 350 followers on Twitter.

Gameday is supposed to be in Stillwater, Oklahoma that day, but the class thinks it's possible to cover both schools.

"They've split it up into two segments before, a day and a night, so we're trying to get them to do that," said Junior Chandler Kowalski. "They're going to be in Stillwater, it's only two hours away, so it looks like it could be a good chance if we can get some good attention to them."

As a member of both the team and the class, Senior Forward Cleanthony Early hopes fans are excited about the possibility.

"It'd be cool," Early said. "It's been excited and packed lately, so hopefully we can keep up that trend and this will only do that."

Ross says the ultimate goal is to teach his students valuable tools, like social media, that can be used post graduation. Earning a little publicity for the school along the way is just an added benefit.

"I think Gameday will eventually be here," Ross said. "Whether it happens on March 1st or not, is one thing, but we'll open some eyes hopefully and maybe they'll think of us next year."

This would be the first time College Gameday would be on campus. If you want to join the movement, links to the Facebook and Twitter pages are available below.

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