Our 2019-20 season tipped off with our 11th annual Membership Tip-Off meeting on Monday, October 21, 2019. Similar to past seasons this was a unique opportunity to meet the players, tour behind scenes, hear from Coach Izzo, watch practice and participate in a keepsake photo op.
This year we will host five luncheons throughout the season and may possibly add an exciting new event. In addition, we will help with the annual Food Drive chaired by Lupe Izzo and intend to again co-sponsor Pep Rallies at Post Season Tournaments.
Based on the schedule this season, our luncheons will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All of them will be at Eagle Eye Golf Club on Chandler Road in Bath. Doors open at 10:45 am, and the program starts at 11:50 am and lasts to 1:00 pm. In addition to Coach Izzo or one of our assistant coaches, each luncheon features a guest speaker. Luncheons are open to both members and the general public, particularly if you bleed green. Memberships are always available at the door. No reservations are needed.
Our 11th Annual Membership Tip-Off was held on October 21st at the Breslin Student Events Center. This event is always one of the Club's most popular events allowing the Club's new and returning members an up close look at MSU Men's Basketball. Loyal Spartans again this season had an opportunity to watch practice, tour behind the scenes and have a Spartan keepsake photo taken. They also heard from Coach Izzo and met and greeted the players and other coaches and staff. This year the Club again provided "player bio cards" for the team. Based on the turnout and the comments from attendees this event was a huge success and an awesome way to tip-off another great season of MSU Basketball.
Our first luncheon of the 2019-20 season was held on Tuesday, November 19th at Eagle Eye. This allowed Coach Izzo to bring us up to date on the first two weeks of the new season following games with Kentucky, Binghamton, Seton Hall and Charleston. Tum-Tum Nairn was the guest speaker and as always gave us great insight to both the program and his joy of life. Our first U-Pick-Em was awarded a blanket. As always, these luncheons are a great time to socialize with fellow Spartans.
Our second luncheon of the 2019-20 season was held Thursday, December 19th at Eagle Eye. Our guest speaker was Raquel Izzo speaking on the Izzo Legacy Fund. Coach Izzo also recapped the past few games and what they are working on as they move back into the Big Ten season. As always this luncheon was an excellent opportunity to support our Men's Basketball program and socialize with fellow Spartans.
Our third luncheon of the 2019-20 season was held on Tuesday, January 14th at Eagle Eye. Head Coach Cathy George (Women's Volleyball) and mother of MSU Basketball player Connor George was our guest speaker. Coach brought in the unique perspective of both athletics and parenting. Associate Head Coach Dwayne Stephens updated us on the team status coming off a loss at Purdue and where the league stands through the first 6 games. This was another great opportunity to see a different side of the basketball program.
This was the last luncheon leading up to the annual Food Drive and as always members made sizeable contributions.
Lupe Izzo again lead a team of hard working volunteers at our annual Food Drive to benefit the MSU and Greater Lansing Food Banks. This season's drive was held before and during the game on Friday, January 17th as the Spartans knocked off the Wisconsin Badgers. Every year this drive demonstrates the generosity of our fans and supporters of our community. This drive collected over $23,000 in monies and food items. Thank-you to all donors for your continuing support of others less fortunate again this season.
Our fourth luncheon of the 2019-20 season will be Thursday, February 13th at Eagle Eye. This luncheon will be an opportunity to honor our graduating Basketball Managers and support Staff. One of the coaches will bring us up to date on the BigTen Race as we try and make it a 3-peat. Come join us to honor these terrific students who do so much for the program and bring your Valentine!
Our Senior Recognition Luncheon honoring our four Senior Players (Kyle Ahrens, Connor George, Josh Langford and Cassius Winston) will be held on Thursday, March 5th. This is always a very special meeting as our members and guests hear from the leaders of one of the most exciting teams ever to put on a Spartan uniform. As always this luncheon is very emotional as players careers in a Spartan uniform winds down.
The 2020 MSU Men's Basketball Banquet honoring this season's incredible group of players and their accomplishments will be held on Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center on the campus of Michigan State University. As always attendees will be able to experience one of the most emotional events of the season as the players receive their awards and recognition. It provides MSU fans with another opportunity to say "thank-you" to our Seniors. The Banquet is hosted by the MSU Men's Basketball Office.View Details