Anderson University will serve as the home venue for the Indiana Alley Cats, a professional basketball team of the American Basketball Association (ABA) during the 2005-2006 season. The Alley Cats will play their 18 home games at the O.C. Lewis Gymnasium in the Kardatzke Wellness Center beginning with their inaugural game and home opening on Sunday, November 6. The 36-game regular schedule concludes in March 2006.
“Anderson University welcomes the Alley Cats to the campus and their new home venue in the O.C. Lewis Gymnasium,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “This partnership will provide convenient family entertainment for the region and wonderful sports attraction to the university.”
“I am confident that I speak for the entire Alley Cat’s organization in saying that we are not only excited, but also very honored, to have the opportunity to make Anderson University and the City of Anderson our home,” said Rob Blackwell, president of the Indiana Alley Cats. “In planning our inaugural season, we felt that it was imperative to not just lease a facility, but to create a long term relationship with a community and institution that would not only welcome exciting, high quality professional basketball, but that also shared our organization’s core values of integrity, faith and family. We will always do our very best to reflect these values on and off the floor, and to honor the tradition of this community and Anderson University.”
“I welcome the Indiana Alley Cats to Anderson; they have chosen their new home well,” said Kevin S. Smith, mayor of the City of Anderson. “Anderson has a rich basketball history, Anderson University has a beautiful facility for their home floor and the Alley Cats' winning seasons here will bring us fun basketball. I call upon all Andersonians to support the Alley Cats!”
Greg Graham serves as Head Coach for the Alley Cats. A former player at Indiana University from 1989-1993 under the leadership of Bob Knight, Greg was an integral part of two Big Ten titles and a berth in the 1992 NCAA Men’s Final Four. He is the only player in Big Ten history to lead the league in field goal percentage (55%) and 3-point field goal percentage (53 %) in the same year. Graham played five years in the NBA and finished his career in Europe. The ABA features 50 teams in 9 divisions in the US, Canada and Mexico. The ABA regular season begins in early November and continues through mid-March, with playoffs following in late March and April.
Indiana Alley Cat season tickets will be on sale for their 18 game home schedule at Reardon Auditorium on the AU campus or through Ticketmaster. More information can be obtained by logging on to the team's Web site (http://www.indyalleycats.com/). Individual game night ticket prices will be announced at the later date. The complete 2005-2006 Alley Cat schedule will be released at a later date in conjunction with the entire ABA schedule.
“The City of Anderson and the surrounding communities have a rich basketball tradition, and O.C. Lewis Gymnasium will be an outstanding venue for the Alley Cats,” said Michael Zapolski, director of Athletics for Anderson University. “This partnership will provide a new form of convenient family entertainment plus a unique link to the Indianapolis market.”
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education and theology.